None of us want our dogs to be stressed – there is nothing worse than seeing them anxious and unhappy as they hide from a noise that they cannot control. The normal scenario for our dogs is to respond to noises that they can react to and this forms part of their routine such as the doorbell going where they bark happily to alert us and feel like they have played their role in protecting us from strangers at the family door.
When the noises are erratic and unexpected, there is no control and this results in extreme stress in our more sensitive dogs. Like many of us, our dogs are natural empaths with acutely sensitive reactions to loud noises, friction in the home, a change in routine. It is so important that we do not fuss them and stroke them when the fireworks and noise starts. (Yes I find it as hard as you do to ignore our little Ruff at this time)
They will sponge all our emotions as they normally do and react with even more anxiety if they pick up our stress through us constantly stroking and trying to reassure them. Far more helpful is to let them choose where to hide and allow them to find a safe den where they can deal with their own feelings of anxiety instead of taking on ours too.
Dr Marc Abrahams MBE (a wonderful advocate of plant-based feeding of our pets in the UK) gives us some advice in the video below on how to build a den.
All my fears and anxieties of having a stand at VetFest were unnecessary as Solo Vegetal stole the show
8 years of successfully feeding a vegan dog food diet and Maisy just loves it!
His weakness for bread and baguettes resulted in him suffering from a case of pancreatitis
I am cashing in my pension for you as you give me such hope for the future – this post is very personal but I feel it needs to be shared with you
Pets at Home own brand Wainwrights launch a plant-based tinned and dry dog food in their stores
We all need a Dora in our lives – her optimism and love of life and her vegan dog food fills us all with such hope!
Since starting on a homecooked wholefood vegan dog food diet, Drake’s life changes dramatically for the better!
Moss shows no interest in his brother’s food, whereas his brother is very keen to get Moss’ vegan food!
Troy was fed a raw food diet all his life but at the age of 12, he transitioned to vegan dog food and the changes seen are astounding!
The Guardian features Dr Arielle Griffiths, vegan dog Ruff and other wonderful vegan dog owners
Molly the Shi Tzu’s life changed when she transitioned to Solo Vegetal to sort out the pain of her IBD
Teddy the rescue Jack Russell had a dramatic behaviour change on a homemade plant-based diet