University of Washington psychologist James Ha, a specialist in animal behavior, offers three main ways to handle noise phobias when the fireworks go off.
Great article and excellent advice. Counterconditioning is absolutely the way to go. It may be time a bit time consuming, but it’s also very easy and not at all overwhelming. And don’t forget it’s OK TO COMFORT YOUR DOG when they are scared.
PLEASE don’t forget to also keep your dog’s collars and ID on during this time of year – many dogs become very frightened and bolt from their homes. Without any means to identify them, reuniting them with their owners can be extremely difficult.
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