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4 Ways to Help Your Doberman’s Fear of Fireworks This 4th of July

Written by: Arlene Divina
Arlene Divina, one of the content writers at IHD, loves going on adventures with her adorable fur baby. She now creates informative content for pet parents. Read more
| Published on June 8, 2023

Firework displays are a highlight of the 4th of July celebrations, but for many dogs, including Dobermans, they can be a source of anxiety and fear. Known for their loyalty and intelligence, Dobermans are also quite sensitive and can be easily stressed by loud noises. In this article, we discuss four effective strategies to help your Doberman navigate their fear of fireworks.

1. Create a Safe Space

First and foremost, you should create a safe, calming space where your Doberman can retreat when the fireworks start. This can be a quiet, soundproof room or a crate if your dog is crate-trained and finds it comforting. Make this area inviting with their favorite bed, toys, and even your worn clothes that carry your scent.

To further dampen the sound of fireworks, consider playing soft music or using a white noise machine. Some Dobermans might also benefit from pressure wraps or ‘Thundershirts,’ which provide a comforting pressure akin to being held.

2. Desensitization and Counter-Conditioning

Desensitization involves gradually exposing your Doberman to the sound of fireworks in a controlled environment. Start by playing recording of fireworks sounds at a very low volume and reward your dog for staying calm. As your dog becomes more comfortable, you can gradually increase the volume over time.

Counter-conditioning, meanwhile, aims to change your dog’s emotional response to fireworks from fear to something positive. You can achieve this by offering treats, praise, or engaging in their favorite game every time a firework sound is played.

3. CBD Oil

Cannabidiol, better known as CBD oil, is gaining recognition in the pet wellness sphere for its potential calming benefits. Derived from the hemp plant, CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it won’t give your dog a ‘high.’

Research suggests that CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the body, which helps regulate several bodily functions, including responses to stress. This interaction implies that CBD oil could potentially help calm your Doberman during fireworks.

Choose a pet-specific, THC-free CBD product from a reputable source. Start with a small dose, monitor your dog’s reaction, and adjust the dosage as needed. Always consult with your vet before introducing new supplements to your dog’s diet.

4. Professional Assistance

If your Doberman’s fear of fireworks is severe and doesn’t improve with the aforementioned strategies, it may be worth seeking professional help. A certified animal behaviorist or dog trainer can provide personalized training strategies based on your dog’s specific needs. They can also help identify if your Doberman’s fear of fireworks is part of broader behavioral issues.

In conclusion, managing your Doberman’s fear of fireworks can involve a mix of creating a safe and comforting environment, employing desensitization and counter-conditioning techniques, considering the use of CBD oil, and seeking professional help when needed. With time, patience, and consistent effort, your Doberman can learn to cope with the fireworks spectacle with less fear and anxiety.

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