How to help your dog on Fireworks Night
Fireworks are loud. They bang, they fizz, they pop and generally cause sharp noises which can unsettle dogs. The fact that dogs can hear 4 times the distance of a human, doesn’t help either.
While lots of us enjoy fireworks, and with Bonfire Night on the horizon, it’s important for dog owners to consider the stress it will cause to their dog and how best to alleviate it. If your dog is one of the 49% that fear fireworks, unless you tackle the problem things will get worse.
Fortunately, dogs are very good at showing us how they feel. There are many signs if a dog is anxious: being hyper-vigilant, pacing or circling around the room, hiding or loss of appetite. Dogs will also sometimes groom excessively.
There are some useful steps you can take to ensure your furry friend feels as safe as possible on Fireworks Night…
Here are 9 tips to make your dog feel calm during fireworks:
- Provide a den or hiding place for your pet.
2. Use an Adaptil Diffuser as close to the den or hiding place as possible, or where your pet spends most of its time.
3. Keep your dog inside during fireworks and check that their microchip is up to date.
4. Walk your dog early in the evening before fireworks start.
5. Ensure windows, doors and cat flaps remain closed during firework season to both prevent pets escaping and reduce the noise.
6. Provide distractions, in the form of new toys and chews. Draw curtains and put the TV on to mask any noise.
7. Do not punish your pet! This will only make your pet more distressed.
8. Try not to leave your pets alone when fireworks are going off.
9. Continue to use Adaptil after the party or fireworks season ends.
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