According to research by the RSPCA, 45% of dogs are scared of fireworks. So with Fireworks night fast approaching, here are some top tips on how to ensure your dog has a calm, stress-free evening.
Before Bonfire Night
- Check out when the local firework displays are happening in your area so you know exactly when there is going to be some disturbance.
- During the days leading up to Bonfire night, try playing a soundtrack or YouTube video of fireworks quietly in the house. This way your dog can familiarise themselves with the noise.
- Ensure your dog gets plenty of exercise on Bonfire day so that they’re suitably tired by the evening.
- Create a safe place in your home for your doggy to retreat to and have some peace and quiet.
- In the event that you do take your dog outside,, make sure they are wearing a collar with an up-to-date ID tag on.
During the Fireworks
- Feed your dog slightly earlier than usual, as if they do begin to feel anxious they may lose their appetite.
- Close all doors and windows leading outside, and close all your curtains to stop the sound and lights from the fireworks flashing through. If you do have to go outside, make sure you shut your dog in a different room before opening the front door.
- Turn your TV or radio up slightly louder than you’d usually have it to mask the sound of the fireworks.
- Keep your dog stimulated in the evening by playing with their favourite toys. You could also buy some new toys to get them excited. You could keep them entertained by filling a kong with their favourite treats.
- Behave as normally as possible around your dog. Remember, if you are acting strangely, they will too!
Don’t leave your dog alone in the house on Guy Fawkes night, especially if you know they don’t like them. If you are planning on going out, why not see if there are any BorrowMyDoggy borrowers nearby who could sit with your dog in the evening. Be sure to provide them with appropriate instructions on how they should act, should your dog start displaying fearful or anxious behaviour.