Living with reactive pets can be stressful for you, your pets and your neighbours. If you have dogs who bark at every passerby or cats that are constantly reacting to what’s going on outside, it can be disruptive at any time of day..
There’s a simple and effective solution to reactive pets in the home – window film. Discover the difference that a window film from Purlfrost can make when you’re dealing with reactive pets in our guide to both.
Understanding reactive pets
Reactive pets, as the term suggests, are animals that react strongly and often negatively to various stimuli in their environment. Common reactive behaviours include excessive barking, growling, scratching, or even destructive actions.
These triggers, ranging from the neighbour’s dog to passing strangers, can create a whirlwind of stress and anxiety for our pets, leading to big disruptions to our homes’ peace and harmony. A variety of different things can trigger these reactions, but one common source of stress for reactive pets is what they see through windows.
The role of visual triggers
Visual triggers from the outside world can be a major source of agitation for reactive pets. The mere sight of other animals or strangers passing by the glass window can send them into a frenzy of barking or hissing. The stress and anxiety caused by these triggers can take a toll on your pet’s wellbeing and contribute to behavioural problems, as well as disrupting your day and possibly upsetting the neighbours too.
Window film as a solution
This is where window film comes to the rescue. Window film can effectively reduce visual triggers for reactive pets. It acts as a shield, obscuring the view from the outside while still allowing natural light to flood your living spaces. There are different types of window film options available to suit your home, style and needs, including frosted window film, patterned window film,and privacy window film. All of these can help to calm your reactive pets by blocking triggers from their line of sight.
Benefits of using window film for reactive pets
Using window film has different benefits for you, your pets and your home. They can help give you and your pets a sense of calm and security. Here’s how window film can benefit your reactive pets:
- It helps to block out visual triggers, leading to fewer reactions from your pets, and less disruption to your home/.
- Window films don’t block light from your living space in the same way that curtains and blinds do.
- Plenty of designs to fit the aesthetic and feel of your home, you don’t need to compromise on your taste when dealing with reactive pets, and you can even customise your design.
- Easy to apply, change and update as needed.
- Fits any shape or size of the window.
- Window films stay in place whether you’re at home or not, so you don’t need to worry about your pets or neighbours being stressed out while you’re at work.
Installation and placement
Proper installation and placement of window film are both important, luckily it’s easy to apply and full instructions come with every set of window film. Install the film on windows in living areas where your pets spend most of their time.
Follow our easy window film installation video and instructions for a DIY solution to reactive pets that’s easy to master.
Additional tips for managing reactive pets
Handling reactive pets at home can be a challenging situation, but it can be managed. As well as applying window film to any sources of triggers, you can use positive reinforcement, look at moving your pets into a different room and staying consistent. Try to avoid punishment for reactiveness as this can increase anxiety and fear.
Making sure that your pet has enough training, exercise and mental stimulation can help with reactive behaviour too. If it continues to be a problem, is really severe or it’s causing a lot of distress to your pet, then speak to your vet. They can help diagnose underlying issues and recommend appropriate treatments or medications.
Remember that every pet is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. It may take time and experimentation to find the right strategies to help your reactive pet live a happy and stress-free life at home.
Safety and health considerations
To ensure your pet’s safety and wellbeing, consider some key safety and health considerations when using window film. Proper ventilation and temperature control are crucial, as window film can affect indoor climate. Additionally, always choose pet-safe window film products to prevent any potential health risks (all of ours are safe)
Window film is a valuable addition to any strategy for managing reactive pets. By reducing visual triggers and creating a more peaceful environment, you can greatly improve your pet’s wellbeing and quality of life. Window film from Purlfrost is an easy and effective solution for creating a peaceful and stress-free environment for you and your furry friends.