The fireworks have started already. This year, Tucker is scared. He's clingy and if I'm not available he hides in a corner. The thundershirt helps a little. Any other suggestions to help him stop crying and feel less scared?
It was a difficult night. Fireworks started around 6pm and didn't stop until after midnight. Tucker wouldn't go out. He started crying after I put the boys to bed. It was before midnight, so he still wouldn't go out. I put him and Redford out after midnight but they wouldn't leave the porch because of the rain and the thunder. I put them back to bed again with the t shirt I wore to the gym (very stinky) and a night light. He cried for a while, but eventually figured out he should just go to sleep.
The kong wasn't very helpful. It is just a food delivery system and there was almost a big fight between Tucker and Redford because Redford finished his kong and wanted Tucker's. Next year I will see what I can find that Tucker will actually chew.
Toys don't work-Redford does not allow anyone else to play with toys in his presence. Tucker won't leave Redford, so we don't have a lot of toys for them.
Thanks to everyone for the advice.
It is worth a try. I anticipate everything will be kind of nuts tonight as well as tomorrow. Unfortunately, I have to go to a meeting tonight, so I may leave him in the garage with Redford and the swamp cooler instead of outside.
Oh, that IS annoying!
Can you spend the evening at a friend or relative's house that might be a little further away from the celebrations?
In our parts, the idiot state legislators took all the former fireworks laws off they books -- they used to be quite restrictive, for good reason -- and now it's open season. Unfortunately I'll be at a party on the Fourth -- got the tickets long before Ruby the Corgi Pup came on the scene -- and so I won't be here to try to calm her nerves. Think I'll put her in her crate before I leave, which may make her feel protected anyway. And Cassie by nature will go into her self-appointed den in the back bathroom.
Possibly crating Tucker would help?
Thanks-unfortunately, I live next to a large park and a large detention basin where people feel is a good spot to light off fireworks (legal and illegal). We'll stay inside and just pretend nothing is happening and stick to our usual routine, but I'll fill some kongs and put them in the freezer.
Ohhh poor little dawg!
Cassie doesn't like fireworks, either, but she's gotten much better over time. When I first adopted her, the noise really frightened her. After a year or two, though, she seemed to decide they weren't going to hurt her or me.
Just be sure Pooch can't get out of the yard (I don't leave my dogs out in the yard unobserved during the rowdy holidays: July 4, Halloween, New Years), and act completely calm, as though of course loud bizarre noises and flashing lights were the normal order of events.
try not and make a big deal about the fireworks, just be a matter of fact about it. They feed off of our emotions. I hate this time of year. Can you turn up the tv/radio louder to drown out the noises? No fun seeing them scared. :(
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