Summer is the time when a lot of people are going out more, having people over more often, and setting off fireworks. Combine this with the thunderstorms rolling through each week, and it can equate to a lot of noise and changes for your dog. If your dog is an anxious dog, the summer months can be awful for your furry pal. The added noise and the coming and going can throw off your dog's routine and leave them whining, whimpering, hiding, or doing other things they wouldn't typically do. If your dog is suffering from anxiety, there are a few things you can do that may help. Read on for helpful tips.
1. Give Your Dog A Safe Place
Your dog needs a place away from the noise and the people coming and going. Give your dog a nice cushy area in a bedroom or in a smaller room that will allow your dog to feel safe. If your dog usually hides in a closet, make this their safe space. If they like to go into the bathroom, allow this to be their safe area. If it makes them comfortable, allow them that space to feel safe and comfortable until their anxiety eases.
2. Keep A Close Eye On Your Dog
If your dog is afraid of loud noises, it can scare them enough to cause them to run off. Keep a leash on your dog and keep a close eye on them so they don't run off or somehow get out of your yard. If someone close by is lighting off fireworks, don't keep your dog outside during this time. Allow them to come inside instead so they feel safe. Also, be sure your dog has their collar with updated information on their tag in the event they do run off.
3. Give Them Medication
Talk to your veterinarian about what medication can be given to your dog to help ease their anxiety. If thunderstorms will set off your dog's anxiety and it's the time of the year for these types of storms, your dog could keep you up at night. Ask your veterinarian about a medication to calm your dog and help them sleep (so you can sleep). There are anxiety medications that can be given to your dog.
If your dog is an anxious dog, summer can be very troublesome for them. Talk to your veterinarian about other tips to calm your anxious dog.