I know this isn’t really self-help related, it’s more like dog help, but I thought it was really, really worth the share. My little Allie is terrified of fireworks. I mean hide in the corner facing the wall, refusing to eat or respond to humans scared of fireworks. Every year we stay home just to make her feel a little more comforted.
Last year, I tried “dog music” and it didn’t work. But desperate for anything that may help, and hoping that it had at least made her a little more comforted even if not noticeable, I decided to try again this year.
I downloaded “A Dog’s Ear” from Amazon Prime and began playing it as soon as I heard the first boom at around 6:00 pm. She instantly fell asleep (which isn’t saying much for a bulldog). But throughout the night she has remained by my feet on the blanket, not in the corner cowering in fear. It’s about 10:30 pm now, and she has been sleeping through the fireworks for hours. Even the ones in our own community parking lot.
I thought maybe she just has been sensitized after a few years and isn’t scared anymore, so I turned the music off. At the next bang, she started whining and doing her two-paw nervous dance and then began to search for a way to get in the bedroom (where her hiding corner is) through the closed door. I turned the music back on, and she rested her face on the couch and asked for pets. Then she fell asleep again.
At the really loud ones that vibrate the floor, she lifts her head and looks outside, but that’s it. Her breathing is normal, and she’s not exhibiting any of her usual signs of anxiety. She’s also literally sleeping through most of it. The music isn’t bad either. It has several popular classical songs and instrumental versions of popular ballads. There are 20 songs on the album, and it plays for a few hours.
Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but I still recommend it. If it works, it’s worth it, and if it doesn’t, then oh well.