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4 Ways to Help Your Goldendoodle’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

As the Fourth of July approaches, it brings with it celebrations and vibrant firework displays. While this may be a time of joy for many, for our pets, especially the friendly and sensitive Goldendoodles, it can be a source of intense fear and anxiety. If your Goldendoodle is one of the many dogs who fear the explosive spectacle, there are strategies to help ease their distress and ensure a peaceful celebration.

1. Construct a Safe Haven

When the fireworks start, your Goldendoodle should have a secure, comfortable place to retreat. This could be a crate if they’re crate-trained, their favorite room, or a cozy corner decked with comforting items.

Fill this space with familiar toys, soft blankets, and items of your clothing that carry your comforting scent. Close windows and blinds to minimize noise and flashes, and consider playing soft music or a white noise machine to help mask the fireworks’ noise. By creating a secure environment, you’re offering a refuge from the startling sounds outside.

2. Gradual Desensitization

Gradual desensitization is a long-term strategy that involves exposing your Goldendoodle to the sounds of fireworks at a level that doesn’t cause fear, then slowly increasing the volume as your dog becomes more comfortable.

You can do this by playing firework sounds at a low volume and pairing them with a positive experience, like a tasty treat or a favorite game. Over time, this can help your dog associate fireworks with positive experiences instead of fear. Remember, this is a process that requires patience and should not be rushed.

3. The Potential of CBD Oil

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is a natural compound derived from the hemp plant that has gained recognition for its potential calming effects. Unlike THC, another compound in cannabis, CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it won’t make your dog “high.”

CBD oil interacts with the endocannabinoid system in your dog’s body, which plays a role in many essential functions, including regulating stress and mood. By interacting with these receptors, CBD oil may help your Goldendoodle stay calm and relaxed during the Fourth of July fireworks.

Ensure that you select a high-quality, organic CBD product intended for pets, and start with the lowest recommended dosage. Monitor your dog’s response, and adjust the dosage if necessary under the guidance of a veterinarian. Always consult with your vet before adding any new supplement to your pet’s routine.

You can learn more about the CBD that the iHeartDogs team uses and recommends here. 

4. Seek Help from Professionals

If your Goldendoodle’s fear of fireworks is severe, and other strategies aren’t providing relief, you may need to seek professional help. A professional dog trainer or behaviorist can provide customized strategies and training programs to help manage your dog’s fear.

In some cases, a vet may recommend anti-anxiety medications. This should be seen as a last resort and should always be done under the guidance of a professional.

In conclusion, it’s important to remember that each dog is unique and what works for one might not work for another. Patience, empathy, and a consistent effort are what you can offer your anxious Goldendoodle this Fourth of July. By applying these strategies, you’re taking the first step toward making fireworks less stressful for your furry friend and ensuring a happy and peaceful celebration for the entire family.

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