As exciting as the holidays can be, it is often a time of stress and anxiety for our dogs. Loud noises, bright lights, parties filled with people these are just a few of the triggers that can lead to anxiety in dogs over the holidays. The most common being the loud booms and bright flares sounding off on New Years Eve. Firework anxiety is one of the many reasons the ZenCrate was created, dogs who have anxiety over loud noises need to have a safe haven they feel they can retreat to in times of stress. It is for this reason the ZenCrate promotes an open den design, its important for a pup to feel that it is their choice to retreat to the safe place of their choosing during periods of stress and anxiety. Our goal at ZenCrate is to help raise awareness over dog anxiety and be a part of the solution for as many dogs as possible.
To best raise awareness over firework anxiety, today we’d like to share with you common signs of firework anxiety in dogs.
Panting and Drooling. If you notice your pup is panting heavily and excessively drooling this may be a sign that your pup is feeling in distress by their surroundings.
Pacing. Often pups will pace around their homes unable to settle down because they are experiencing stress that is triggered by something out of their control. They find themselves pacing all around in hopes to escape the noises that are overwhelming them.
Shaking. Is a very obvious sign that something is not quite right with your dog, if your furry companion is shaking and unable to calm themselves down it’s important to stay near them and help create a calming environment to help them feel safe.
Barking. Excessive and loud barking can also be a sign of stress or anxiety in your dog. If you’re pup cannot quite down and their barking is uncharacteristically loud and consistent it is likely your pup is trying to communicate that something is not right.
*Remember that if your dog seems unusually irritated, upset or unlike themselves it’s best to seek medical attention to ensure that there is not something else going on that needs a professionals assistance*
During times of high stress or anxiety for a dog it is important to create a calm and reassuring space for the pup to retreat to as a safe haven. We recommend a quiet space within your home with their favorite toys, bed and blankets to help make your pup feel safe. This is why the ZenCrate is engineered the way it is, the anti-anxiety music playlist, waterproof memory foam mattress and enclosed nature of the ZenCrate make it the exceptional safe haven for your pup to retreat too.
Does your dog have specific ticks or quirks he does he's stressed? Please share with us in the comments, we're always open to hearing new ideas and remedies for pet anxiety!
Disclaimer: This blog provides general information and discussion about pet advice, dog anxiety and related subjects. The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a pet medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately-licensed veterinary professional.