I am SO READY for the fireworks to stop. I know I sound like a sourpuss, but it’s just not fun for me when I know Harlow is trembling inside the house certain the world is ending.
That being said, here’s a few of the things I’ve tried to calm him.
I give Harlow one and a half and it makes him sleepy/calm. I’ve typically done this around 10 p.m. during firework season when it’s “bedtime” anyway. This is also around the time when the loud boomers are the worst.
The only downfall is it makes Harlow snore ten times louder than usual. And fart in his sleep. TMI? Sorry, I just wanted to warn you.
CALMING XL by Pet Naturals.
I’ve given these to Harlow during the day when the neighbor kids are being jerks (or being just like I was when I was a kid…) and blasting bottle rockets all day long. I found these in a natural pet store and also on Amazon.
When Harlow takes these he goes from shaking in the bathtub to just laying in bed. So I guess that’s a positive thing?
I was hoping this would be a complete “miracle worker.” It’s not exactly. But I do think it helps. It’s 9:00 a.m. and Harlow already has it on because he heard one firework and went straight for the bathroom. After I put the jacket on he moved to the couch…. so that’s a plus!
So like I said, anything that keeps Harlow out of the bathroom and in the same room as me is a step in the right direction.
Calming lavender oil.
I read about this in a crazy dog group I’m in on Facebook (and totally love because everyone else in it is as crazy as me.) You’re supposed to rub your dogs ears with it. I also put it on the scent patch on his Thunder Shirt.
In all honesty I think this one is more for the humans than the dogs. Because after I put it on him I always feel pretty damn calm.
Lots and lots of treats.
I’ve been overcompensating for Harlow’s fear by giving him burgers, hot dogs, and cupcakes. It’s the American way. What can I say?
And when all else fails, cuddle.
I’ve read articles that say you shouldn’t “coddle” your dog too much when they’re scared because that reinforces their fear. But I coddle the hell out of Harlow on a normal day, so I think it would worry him if he wasn’t treated like a baby.
Stay strong, animal parents. We’ll get through this.
Hope everyone has a great weekend! Happy birthday, America!