In my recent blog, ….. I briefly talked about how pets can pick up on our anxieties, and I’m focusing on positive thinking. But it is easier said than done.
So, I thought I’d come up with some other things you can focus on that are the great things about firework season, and autumn in general.
You’ve shut all the curtains, turned the TV up, made a cosy and warm bed or den for your dog. What next?
Here are a few things I love about the cold autumnal weather that comes with fireworks night.
- Snuggling in the warm. Shutting the cold weather out, and having the fire on is one of the best things about winter. Especially when you have had a long busy day. There is something mesmerising about a fire, whether it is real or not, so don’t just wack the central heating up, treat yourself and have the fire on.
- Film night. Find a binge worthy series to watch, or a feel good film you haven’t seen for ages, and you will be so focused on what you are watching, you won’t notice if there is any noise outside or not.
- Comfort food. A good hearty meal is a must when the weather is cold. One of my favourite things is to put the slow cooker on in the morning, then when I get home, the house smells of lovely home cooked food, and it’s all ready to be eaten!
- Wrapping up. Central heating is great, but who can resist a cosy thick jumper, or even wearing a scarf indoors. I love it, and Beth loves the warm too, so is only too happy to have her jumper or scarf on. Most dogs like their own space when they are stressed, but as they calm down, a snuggle on the sofa with a blanket may be in order!
- Mood lighting. Soft lighting such as candle light, can help us to calm down, and reduce stress. Different colour light also has different healing properties, I use my essential oil diffuser which also has a colour changing light, candles, and a side light instead of our main ceiling light in our living room.
And if you and your dog are still feeling stressed, here is a picture of an upside down dog in a jumper! Laughter is the best medicine after all!
I hope this will help you to be more positive about the fireworks, so you can be a calming confident influence on your dog. And by November 6th, you will be saying #MeAndMyDogLoveFireworks
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