This November will be the first fireworks night that Joy will have experienced at home with us. She is nearly one and i have no idea as to hat her reaction will be. We have very few neighbors and live a fair distance from any recreation grounds so fingers crossed she will be happy snuggled up with me on the sofa.
On that note i thought i would share this survey that landed in my inbox as a usefull piece of information for my readers of young dogs.
While most people might assume that dogs tend to have a happy go lucky attitude to life, a new survey has found that it isn’t always the case. The National Dog Happiness Survey carried out by natural supplement company Lintbells questioned almost 2000 dog owners about their dog’s happiness and found that 9% rated their dog’s happiness at 6/10 or less.
After moving house and the arrival of a new household member, firework noise was identified as one of the main triggers – with 48% of respondents claiming most dogs would be stressed by this and another 9% claiming their own dog is upset by fireworks but think this is unusual and doesn’t apply to most dogs.
The challenges of modern living are clearly significant for our furry friends. Worryingly, 19% of respondents thought that their dog spent more than 10% of their time feeling anxious, stressed or nervous. With fireworks season about to hit, those numbers are set to soar.
Lintbells vet James Howie says there are ways to reduce the stress of fireworks season and other fearful events, “The first thing to understand is that noise phobias don’t get better with time – in fact in most cases the fearful reaction will become worse year on year.”
James advises pet owners to seek help from accredited pet behaviourists or vets, “There are techniques that can be used to help support your dog through fireworks season Using supplements and other aids can keep dogs relaxed enough to accept these techniques without feeling too anxious. It’s vital to involve the experts, though ,to make sure you help your dog learn new habits that will stick and that you lower anxiety effectively.”
Lintbells have also issued some helpful dos and don’ts for pet owners this firework season.
Do – keep your dog safe indoors and ensure they have identification such as a registered microchip and a collar with a disc including your contact details: 37% of survey respondents said their dogs are likely to react to stress by running away.
Do – provide a safe hiding place indoors (such as a tent or pet bed in a quiet, secluded part of the house): 56% of dog owners told Lintbells that their dogs tend to react to stress and anxiety by cowering or hiding.
Do – act calmly and normally, providing too much fuss can reinforce the idea that there is something to be afraid of.
Do – make sure the environment is safe if your dog starts to react in an uncharacteristic way: 13% of survey respondents said their dogs become destructive when stressed.
Don’t – keep the house in silence, a radio or TV can help mask the noise of fireworks.
Don’t – leave your dog alone at night if at all possible: 21% of survey respondents felt that being left alone was stressful for most dogs and in fact it’s estimated that up to 80% of dogs suffer from some form of separation anxiety when their owners are absent.*
What dog owners said about firework fear:
“It’s clear she doesn’t deal with fireworks, so although we held her, the upset continued and she now dislikes all bangs, like sailing racing guns etc.”
“She will stop and refuse to move if she hears loud bangs such as firework or anything sounding like gunshot. I have to pick her up and move her from the area and then she might start moving again – or if I have time sit and cuddle /soothe her.”
“It’s a horrible state they get in to due to fireworks.”
James says there are many things that dogs can find frightening, “Dog owners told us that anything from a new pet joining the household, meeting a new dog on a walk, or even in one case ‘the wind’ can cause their dogs to show signs of fear and anxiety. It’s vital that these dogs and their owners receive the help and support they need.”
Lintbells new natural calming product YuCALM contains natural ingredients such as L-Theanine, Lemon Balm and specific fish protein hydrolysates. YuCALM Dog is an effective way to help reduce stress and support dogs to become happier and more playful.
Lintbells National Dog Happiness Survey was conducted online in September 2016 and 1956 dog owners took part.
For Lintbells, every product starts with a pet in need. Based in Weston in Hertfordshire, Lintbells researches, formulates and sells high quality, innovative supplements that aim to improve the lives of dogs, cats and horses. It’s a commitment the company takes very seriously and has resulted in products that support skin and coat condition, digestive health and joint care.
Established in 2006 by John Howie and John Davies, Lintbells has a strong focus on scientific validation of its products, working with experts such as the Royal Veterinary College and New Zealand’s Marlborough Research Centre. But it doesn’t stop with the science because helping pets is at the core of the business.
At all levels of the Lintbells’ organisation there’s a realisation that collectively, everyone has a responsibility to help keep pets healthy and happy by providing effective, high quality, pet supplements at affordable prices.
And it seems those efforts are increasingly appreciated by pets and their people. By the end of 2015, 50 million YuMOVE tablets had been sold to pet owners in more than 15 countries.