I have a 6 month old mix and I am doing my best to try
to make sure fireworks don't make her bolt for the hills. Tonight my lovely neighbor set some fireworks off while we were in the yard (thanks for the heads up! &%&^$%&
) and I had my pup on leash so she was relatively easy to control no mad bolt. The first thing she did was go alert (the fireworks were in the front of the yard we were at back fyi) and let out a few barks which surprised me and then I could tell she wanted inside cause she started going towards the door quickly. I acted like nothing was wrong and we did two quick sits on our way to the door because I really wanna try and keep some focus.
She was agitated in the house for a few mins so I tried distracting her a little then just went about tidying up (which creates a little noise and she calmed down after a few mins and I actually really think that helped). I want to know if anyone else has any ideas or tricks?
How do dogs at war handle the explosions and live fire? I know some poor dogs come back with PTSD but I see some dogs just chill as ice beside their handler while they are shooting? Anyone have any experience in this?
At the end of the day if she does not get comfortable with the noise it is not something I would force her to get over or make a big deal of but because I have her so young I just wonder if I lay the right foundations that she won't get stressed?