How To Recognize Signs Of Dog Anxiety

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Not again! You’ve come home from a day at work or a few hours of running errands and your dog has dumped the trash can, gnawed on the windowsill and is clawing the door again. Why!? 

Take a deep breath. We know it’s not easy to realize that our dogs don’t destroy the house because they’re being bad. Dogs destroy the house because they are anxious and that anxiety manifests itself in destructive behaviors. 

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How To Keep Your Dog Calm During Fireworks

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July 4th is fast approaching and many pet parents are worried. Fireworks displays cause many dogs anxiety and stress because of the loud booms to the squealing noises and the bright lights. 

Pet parents who have dogs who are terrified of fireworks displays and even thunder and lightning storms may find their dogs cowering under the bed, barking and whining or clawing at the door to try to get away from the noise. 

How To Keep Your Dog Calm During Fireworks

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If you want to have a calmer dog during this year’s July 4th fireworks displays, we have a few suggestions: 

  1. Don’t take your dog with you to watch fireworks. Some pet parents feel their dogs will be happier and safer with them than home alone during fireworks, but this just isn’t usually the case. In addition to being right in the midst of all of the noise, your dog will also be jostled by strangers who are watching the fireworks. 
  2. Find someone to stay with your dog. If you want to watch the fireworks displays, find someone who can stay with your dog so he isn’t home alone. Many families vacation during the Fourth of July holiday and that means your dog is not only hearing fireworks, but she is in an unfamiliar location. Don’t leave her home alone. Plan in advance for a pet sitter to come or a family member to stay behind with your dog. 
  3. Find a quiet space. If you’re staying home with your dog, find a quiet space, away from the fireworks to ride out the sounds. Gather your pup and go into a room and watch television with him. Turn on a radio to help drown out the sounds of the fireworks. Pull the curtains closed and close the windows to keep the sounds to a minimum. 
  4. Let your dog go into her crate if that is a comfort. Put the crate in a darkened corner of the room, turn on the television or the radio for background noise and let your dog take comfort from her crate. 
  5. Protect your home or vacation home you’re in. If your dog’s anxiety manifests itself through scratching the doors, take your CLAWGUARD Door Shield on vacation with you. The door shield is light, travels easily and can protect the door of your vacation home without using any hardware. 
  6. Protect your dog by keeping him away from any open doors. Keep his collar and identification tags on. July 5 is the busiest day for shelters and rescues because of all of the dogs who bolt into the night during the fireworks. Don’t let your dog become a runaway statistic because of the fireworks. 
  7. If your dog is overly anxious or stressed out whenever she hears loud noises like fireworks or lightning, ask your veterinarian for advice on ways you can help her to relax. Your vet may recommend a Thundershirt, a calming collar or other herbal or medicinal remedies to help alleviate her anxiety. 

Enjoy the Fourth of July holidays with your family and with your pets! Are your dogs frightened of fireworks or thunderstorms?

What remedies have you found to help them relax? We’d love to know! 

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Will You Take Your Dog To Work?

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You love your dog or cat. You KNOW your dog or cat is the best behaved, most adorable pet on earth, but honestly are they ready for a day in the office?

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Quick & Easy Way To Protect Your Doors From Dog Damage

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CLAWGUARD door shields are an ideal way to protect your home’s doors from damage and your dog’s paws from splinters. The best part about CLAWGUARD? It’s quick and easy to install. In fact, “installation” is as simple as opening the package and hanging the door shield off the door handle. You can cut it to size if necessary; yes, scissors may be required.

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How To Find A Lost Dog

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If your dog goes missing, would you be reunited? Statistics show that only one in ten dogs who are lost are eventually reunited with their families. What can you do to find a lost dog and be reunited? Here are a few ways to keep them safe and then facilitate a reunion.

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How To Make Your Home Pet-Friendly

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Puppy- and kitten-proofing a home is something that a new pet parent must add to the list of responsibilities that come with welcoming a new pet to the family. 

What have you done to puppy- or kitten- proof your home before you brought a new pet home? We would love to know and your tip might just help another new pet parent.

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How To Prevent Dog Bites

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All pet parents love their dogs and don’t want to believe they would ever bite anyone, but it is always best to put caution first. Don’t put your pup in a position where he may bite someone because he didn’t feel he had any other option.

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How To Proactively Puppy-Proof Your Home

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If a new puppy is in your future -- whether you adopt from your local shelter or rescue or get a puppy from a reputable breeder -- we offer tips to puppy-proof before your new puppy comes home.

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How Pet Owners Can Combat Pet Mess

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We love our pets, we just don’t love the damage they cause and the messes they create. Be proactive to protect your home -- since your homeowner’s insurance won’t protect you from dog damage.

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How Do I Stop My Dog From Scratching The Door?

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A dog who “communicates” by scratching at the door needs to be given other communication methods that don’t involve him damaging the home. Damaging the home is one of the issues when your dog is scratching, but your dog could also hurt himself when he’s scratching. He could crack his nails or get splinters of the scratched wood in his paw pads. If he has scratched enough of the door he may also be able to gnaw on the wood and if he swallows it, he could damage his intestines.

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