The darker winter nights are drawing in and we’re all making adjustments to accomodate the dwindling daylight. But have you ever stopped to think abouthow these changes may also be affecting your dog?
Modern day life is can be just as stressful and anxiety ridden for dogs as it can be for us humans and this can result in some behaviour problems including fears, phobias and general nervousness. Moving house, new people and animals joining the family home and noisy events such as fireworks can all add to the stress.
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Lintbells has launched YuCALM Dog that can be given short term to combat a specific trigger event – such as holiday travel or during firework season – or for as long as it is needed by dogs with nervous or fearful temperaments or more long standing problems.
It’s unique formula of scientifically proven natural ingredients includes L-Theanine which supports production of calming compounds in the brain. One of those calmers is dopamine – the ‘feel-good’ chemical messenger involved in the pathways controlling reward and pleasure. Lemon Balm has an effect on GABA levels which exerts a calming effect by dampening down some of the signals travelling through the brain. High quality fish protein is also used to support brain function, as well as also acting on GABA and dopamine levels.
Lintbells vet James Howie says there are ways to reduce the stress of fireworks season and other fearful events, “The first thing to understand is that noise phobias don’t get better with time – in fact in most cases the fearful reaction will become worse year on year.”
James advises pet owners to seek help from accredited pet behaviourists or vets, “There are techniques that can be used to help support your dog through fireworks season Using supplements and other aids can keep dogs relaxed enough to accept these techniques without feeling too anxious. It’s vital to involve the experts, though ,to make sure you help your dog learn new habits that will stick and that you lower anxiety effectively.”
What Can You Do To Help Calm Your Anxious Dogs?
- Provide a safe, quiet area, preferably covered, that your dog can retreat to when they feel anxious. You could use play tents, pet beds, a sheltered corner of a room, even a large cardboard box with a blanket and favourite toy inside. Dogs like to go somewhere where they can curl up and feel secure during times of stress.
- If your dog shows signs of being fearful or anxious act calmly and normally. Over compensating and providing too much fuss can reinforce the idea that there is something to be afraid of.
- Keep your dogs environment safe. Some dogs can become destructive when stressed so remove items that could harm your dog and watch for changes in their behaviour.
- Think about how your house sounds and feels to your dog when left alone especially as the nights draw in and the smells change. A radio or TV can help mask unknown external noise such as fireworks. Draw the curtains or blinds and if necessary find additional fabric to cover windows to muffle noise and flashes of light
- Try and take your dog for a long walk during the day or early evening and plan toilet trips before it gets dark so they are more likely to rest or sleep afterwards. Plan toilet trips before it gets dark and any fireworks are let off. If you find you do have to go out, ensure your dog has identification such as a registered microchip and a collar with a disc including your contact details.
- Try not to leave your dog alone at night if at all possible. Many dogs suffer from some form of separation anxiety when their owners are absent.
- Ask your vet or certified animal behaviourist for advice. See if they can recommend any long term training that can include desensitisation (helping your dog to become accustomed to triggers over time by slowly building up their exposure) and counter conditioning (helping your dog to start associating a fearful event with positives rather than negatives).
- Think about using a supplement such as YuCALM Dog or other aid to help your dog feel calm and relaxed.
Remember, a calm and relaxed dog is likely to be more receptive to other training based interventions that allow further improvements.
YuCALM Dog can be bought in veterinary practices, pet shops and online retailers. For further information visit Lintbells or call 01462 416866 to talk to an experienced member of the Lintbells team.
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