Training Tips Using ThunderShirt
we have detailed How ThunderShirts work But if you’re planning on wearing the shirt for the first time on July 4th, make sure you know how you Action should be taken when the fireworks go off.
Did you know that you shouldn’t yell at your dog for barking? ThunderShirt has some training tips on their website Wear it with a shirt.
we also consulted The Pooch Coach, Trainer Beverly Ulbrich, for tips on dealing with 4th of July noise. Here’s her advice:
A tired dog is a happy dog. Exercise always tires out your dog and thus helps it perform better. Do more walking and running during stressful times to help your dog relax and make him less likely to react to loud sounds or anything he’s afraid of.
Lead by example. make sure you Stay calm amid loud and sudden sounds! Sometimes, we project fear by expecting it to exist. It’s like when a kid falls down, their parents say, “Oh my gosh, Johnny! Are you okay? I bet you’re badly hurt!” The kid sees their parent’s reaction and starts cry. Instead, if you just say, “You’re fine, Johnny. Let’s get you up and see. Yes, you’re fine. Let’s go get some ice cream.” Don’t feed your dog’s reaction. Tell him it’s foolish to be afraid.
redirect. Play and/or follow commands with your dog when the sound dies down. You can even put on some loud music to help drown out the noise if you want. Just make sure you give him something to do instead of running, hiding, or shaking him.
Desensitization. You can download the sound of fireworks (or sirens or any other sound your dog is afraid of) and play it for your dog at a low volume, slowly building his tolerance. As you work through these exercises, it’s still important to remember that all of the steps above are still important.
beginner. If you have a puppy who hasn’t heard of fireworks, make sure and teach him that they are fun! Celebrate with him instead of looking for any fearful reactions. I train my dogs to run outside with me when we hear fireworks – because they know it’s exciting and fun!
If your dog is really nervous and you feel you can seek professional help, dog trainer It’s just a phone call away.