As a Tellington TTouch Practitioner in Training, Melody Todd from ‘Springer Loaded’ has put together a list of the top 5 solutions for helping to calm your much beloved dog…
1: Noise Anxiety
Look out for the signs Dogs will show many symptoms of fear and stress and it’s important as a dog owner that you can look out for these signs. Signs can include shaking, panting, drooling, yawning, barking/whining, hyperactivity, eliminating indoors, clawing, digging, hiding, and clinging to owners.
With its patent-pending design, Thundershirt’s gentle, constant pressure has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs if they are anxious, fearful or over-excited. Based on surveys completed by over two thousand customers, over 80% of dogs show significant improvement in symptoms when using Thundershirt. As for WHY Thundershirt’s gentle pressure works to calm a dog, experts such as Dr. Temple Grandin believe that pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system. Using pressure to relieve anxiety has been a common practice for years. Before the anticipated fireworks display is the best time to put your Thundershirt on your dog, prior to your dog becoming scared and anxious; but it is fine to put the Thundershirt on AFTER your dog has become anxious, as you will still see good results. In most cases, it is fine to leave a Thundershirt on your dog for extended durations of time. You can buy the Thundershirt from my online Springer Loaded’s Dog Lovers shop
As you may know Tellington TTouch helps to calm your dog and make them aware of their body, so using TTouch massage techniques are obviously a great way to help calm your dog when it’s firework season. By doing circular TTouch movements, you are helping the dog’s nervous system run messages up to the dogs brain, which calms them down, makes them aware of their body and gets them out of freeze or prevent them from getting in a major stressful state. Some simple TTouch massage techniques: Clouded Leopard TTouch: Place the pads of your finger tips on the dogs body, imagine you are looking at a clock face. Move the dogs fur in a circular (clockwise) movement around – starting at 6pm, back around to 6pm and go back around until you get to 9pm again. Do this very slowly and remember to breath and relax yourself. Mouth TTouch: Using the back of your hand, slowly brush it up from the dog’s whiskers up towards their ears. Alternatively you could do the Clouded Leopard TTouch around the mouth. Ear TTouch: By putting your thumb at the top (base) of the ear and your fingers underneath, run your hand slowly down the dog’s ear until the end of the ear tip.
If you can’t afford to buy the amazing Thundershirt, then you can try using a small tshirt that your growing child no longer needs. You can easily put this over your dog’s head and the legs through the tshirt arms. If the tshirt is loose, then just simply tie the end in a knot around the belly area. Voila! Your very own Thundershirt. It will wrap around the dog and help them feel secure.
5: Body Wrap
These look like large bandages, but are very helpful when correctly applied. The best brand used by Tellington TTouch Practitioners is ‘Ace’. Find out more about body wraps for your dog on the TTouch UK website