The Big Bang: De-Stress Summer Storms and Fireworks

Does your pup suffer from a big bad phobia of thunderstorms and fireworks? Read on for helpful hints and strategies on how to reduce stress on your pup during storms and firework celebrations.

Summer officially started on June 21st! Yahoo! For many of us, that means plenty of swimming, BBQ, and vacation time, but this season can also include those infamous summer storms and those often extravagant fireworks displays. For many pups, the grumble of thunder or the pop and bang of fireworks can be anything but relaxing.

At Grocery Pup, we are always on the hunt for helpful products, and tips and tricks to help us all live more healthy lives with our pups, so we thought we’d fetch some advice for calming a storm-and-firework-phobic pup. Read on for our picks in calming “big-bang” anxiety.

Your anxious pup isn’t alone! We know plenty of pups with similar issues, so we put together a list of what works for them!  As a bonus, we added some further articles to guide you on your mission to help your pup safely through the summer storm and fireworks season! Remember, always ask your vet if you have any questions.

Products We Dig!

  • Bach’s Rescue Remedy – A homeopathic mixture of safe and calming herbs like chamomile
  • CBD Oils – Can be helpful for arthritis and inflammation problems. Ask your vet first.
  • CBD Treats – These can be tasty way to crunch your way to calm.

Strategies for Success!

  • Den Building – Dogs are den animals, so never underestimate the power of a cozy spot! Be sure your pup has a special place of their own where they feel safe and protected.
  • “Pawsitve” Reinforcement and Confidence Building – Try to get your pup’s attention on you and work on tricks that they know well. Congratulate and reward happily. This can be a great way to redirect nervous energy into something positive.
  • Other Sounds – Put on some calming classical music or listen to an audiobook with your pup. For some cool research on dogs and sound, hop over here.
  • Thunder-wear – These can be great! You can also DIY one.
  • Puzzle Toys – Toys that allow your dog something else to focus on are a great tool to help them in storms. Freeze some of your Grocery Pup inside one of these, or spread some of your pup’s fave recipes onto one of these.

Best of luck on your mission to guide your pup through a noisy season, and remember, your pup will take cues from you, so try your best to remain calm as well. So make yourself a cup of tea and join your pup in some healthy self-care!

As always, talk to your vet if you have any questions about your pup’s health and well-being.

Rock on, Pups and Peeps!

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