Fireworks Night and your Dog
How To Keep Your Dog Safe During Fireworks!
It is estimated that 45 per cent of dogs in the UK experience fear and anxiety when they hear fireworks.
This is a very common problem, and one that can be addressed if it is done correctly. Many owners spend the year living with a totally chilled, relaxed dog, who suddenly turns into a nervous wreck during firework season, and it is very distressing to see. Here are a few tips you can use to help ease the distress during this season:
- Ensure that you take your dog out for a walk before it gets dark, walking helps to reduce your dogs stress levels and it also helps to tire your dog before the evening.
- Feed your dog earlier than normal, as dogs will not eat when they are anxious.
- Keep your dog inside the house at all times during the evening, except of course for toilet breaks. However try to ensure that the firework noise is minimal before allowing your dog in the garden.
- Make sure that your garden is secure when you take your dog out for a toilet break to prevent your dog from being startled and possibly escaping.
- Close all the blinds / curtains to avoid flashing lights in the room.
- Turn on the TV or the radio to provide background music.
- Try distracting your dog by playing a game with their favourite toy.
- If your dog sleeps in a crate, try placing a blanket around the sides to create a dark area for them to retreat to. Alternatively if you do not own a crate, you can create an area out of blankets or bed sheets where your dog can curl up in. The area needs to be completely enclosed except for an entrance. Dogs feel safe and secure inside dark spaces, and will often settle during fireworks night if they have somewhere comfortable to retreat to.
- Always remain calm and do not punish your dog for being fearful. Stroke your dog with calm gentle strokes if they approach you for some comfort.
- Pet stores sell homeopathic plug-ins that release an odour into the room which has been proven to calm nervous dogs.
If you own a dog that becomes distressed every year during firework season, then there are techniques that can be used to help cure this problem, however this is something that needs to be started well in advance of firework season. Contact us, if you feel that your dog would benefit from our help.