How to create a ‘Pet Den’

How to create a ‘Pet Den’

The pet den is by far one of most useful tools when it comes to managing phobias and anxieties and is very simple to create for any pet. This needs to be an area where your pet feels relaxed and secure. Maybe there’s already somewhere your pet naturally gravitates to when feeling threatened or unsure. Make this space as cosy and comfortable as you can to encourage your pet to use it by giving treats, toys or feeding in this area. If there’s no existing area where your pet likes to go, create one! Use a bed or pet crate and fill it with soft blankets and cushions. Place your pet’s favourite toy in there, along with drinking water. Ideally the crate should go under a table or a bed – somewhere slightly concealed from view – but if that’s not possible, place it in a corner or against a wall and cover it with a blanket or bedsheet to provide some privacy and reduce some of the noise disturbance. The darker and quieter, the better.

 

To make the den even more inviting, spray it with a pheromone spray like, Adaptil (for dogs) or Feliway (for cats) to help promote feelings of calm and contentment. These products also come as plug-in-style room diffusers and have a similar effect. Pet Remedy has blends of essential oils which help calm the nerves of pets affected by firework fear. This includes rabbits, birds and other pets too.  (NB: There are other brands of anti-anxiety therapies available too.) When it comes to creating a den, the sooner you do it, the better. Your pet needs a chance to get used to the area and accept it as a safe place. Make sure the den is accessible at all times so your pet can visit it even when you’re not at home.

 

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