In Pursuit of A Dream..
Two of my dogs, Dolly and Emme, and I just got home from an epic two-week girls' road trip. It was amazing and exhausting and just what I needed to do. I had lots of time to think and to listen to podcasts and audio books and to think some more.
We are back in Utah and back to work after 10 days doing a bit of traveling and working. It was great to get away, but it's good to be back with the dogs and back to routine.
This time of year is so difficult for so many dogs (and people too!). The fireworks are loud, bright, and vibrating. Just too much for some dogs to deal with. And in Salt Lake City, we get the bonus of Pioneer Day fireworks at the end of July too!
- Management is the name of the game! Where does your dog like to hide? Let him/her. Do they prefer to not go outside once they have heard a "boom?" Plan ahead and get them out to potty before the booms start. Does your dog like to play fetch, do food puzzles, cuddle? If possible, and if your dog is willing, try doing his/her favorite activities with him/her while fireworks are going off. (PLEASE NOTE!!!! Comforting your dog is absolutely fine!!!! It will not "reinforce the fear." If your dog needs you and some cuddle time, please, if at all possible, give that to him/her.)
- If you are not going to be home, a few simple things will help your dog cope with the stress a little better: set up a cozy, safe place for your dog -- my preference is an airline crate with dog appropriate bedding and toys (don't forget the water!), covered with a blanket. Run a fan and turn on either the television or radio to a station with something bland playing (the Fourth of July coverage is NOT a good plan!).
- If you have NOT tried medications with your dog prior to the holiday, don't rely on them solely. Sometimes they don't work as expected. If meds are your plan, make sure to do a test run.
- Additionally, make sure your dog's microchip and/or tag information is current and correct, write your phone number on the inside of your dog's collar with a permanent marker for added identification, and double check your yard to be sure your dog doesn't have any obvious escape routes.
We are so excited to announce that we now have a Training Center at 2019 E 3300 S, in Salt Lake City!!! This is something we have been dreaming about for years and the right space finally appeared on our radar.