Preparing our pets for Fireworks season: DesensitisationIt might seem early but now is the best time to start thinking about the fireworks period. Fireworks often start well in advance of the traditional 5th November, and can easily continue on through to the New Year. Some pets may be sensitive to noises such as the sound of fireworks. These pets will have a heightened fight or flight response to these sounds causing a behavioural response.
In order to help correct this behavioural response, desensitisation and counterconditioning approaches can be used.
The first process is desensitisation, the aim of this process is the lower how sensitive an animal is to a particular noise such as fireworks.
Start by playing the noise your pet is sensitive to, such as fireworks at a low volume, gradually increasing by a small level each time, each time waiting for them to settle. If they become agitated then reduce the volume down to a volume where they settle again.
This process is ideally completed on a gradual basis over a period of few weeks, then can begin implementing counterconditioning.
Look out for our next blog on counterconditioning later this week.