Fireworks Ready - Sounds Scary
Fireworks season starts from late October (Halloween week) and continues until the New Year.
Many dogs find fireworks scary. It's estimated that 45% of dogs in the UK show signs of fear when they hear fireworks. (source RSPCA)
For many owners this turns into a horrifying time as well, so don’t ignore the problem, there are various ways to deal with it or at least make this time of year more comfortable for your best friend and yourself.
Always make sure to plan in advance! There are many ways you can help your dog gets accustomed to the scary bangs and flashing lights before fireworks season starts.
Ahead of the fireworks season
Planning ahead can help dogs cope with the fireworks season.
Talk to your vet about pheromone diffusers. These disperse calming agents into the room and may be a good option for your dog – in severe cases your vet may even prescribe medication. The Doggy's Cuppa Vet - Veneta always suggests herbal alternatives, so have a look into those. Lavender aromatherapy (essential oil in a diffuser) is a great example.
Before fireworks season starts, provide your dog with a doggy safe haven. A little secluded den where he/she will feel safe and comfortable. This should be in a quiet area of your home and should be a place where your doggy feels in control. Also, don’t interfere with your best friends when they’re in that area. Train your dog to associate the area with positive experiences e.g. by leaving their favourite toys there but not imposing yourself at any time. Also, use a variety of recreational toys and chews and swap them regularly, putting them away when not in use so that your dog doesn’t become bored with them.
With time your dog will start associating this place with positive experiences and will consider it safe and enjoyable. That way, your doggy will know that when fireworks go off they are safe in their den and no harm will come to him/her. Always make sure your best friend has access to his/her safe heaven, especially when you are not at home.
When the fireworks start
1.Best walk your dog during daylight hours before the fireworks start and keep them on-lead at all times if they are scared. When panicked dogs will run away trying to find a place to hide.
2.Keep your dog indoors when there are fireworks.
3.Close the curtains to block the flashing lights from outside.
4.It’s a good idea to switch the TV or radio to high volume to help mask the sound of fireworks
5.Dogs will try to find a safe place to hide in the house so let them pace around and hide under the bed or in the bathroom if they want to. If you have created a den for your doggy in advance he/she will mostly go and hide there. The best is not to disturb them if they want to hide. Placing some of your clothes there might help keep them calm.
6.Dogs pick up on our energy so try not to show any signs of stress or anxiety around them. Stay calm and act normally, give lots of praise for calm behaviour.
7.Make sure they have water at their disposal. Dogs tend to drink more when worried.
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