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Still be prepared for Fireworks 2020 – Counterconditioning to sounds

Milton Keynes Veterinary Group
As mentioned in our previous posts, this year is likely to be very different with respect to firework displays, with potentially an increase in smaller household displays.

Counterconditioning is the second stage to correcting a behavioural response, click here to read our guidance on the first step of this process “Desensitisation”.

This second stage is about providing positive association to sounds your pet may be sensitive to.

This can be done by providing rewards whilst playing the sounds your pet is sensitive to, e.g. fireworks, in order to start reinforcing positive association with these sounds. As the volume is gradually increased, at each sound adjustment, make sure your pet settled and then provide a reward. Make sure you use rewards that your pet really enjoys!

Both the desensitisation and counter conditioning stages of behavioural correction require time to counteract these behaviours.

If you have any concerns regarding your pet’s anxiety over this period, please contact our team on 01908 397777 to discuss your pet’s needs.

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