Dogs and Fireworks..

With Christmas almost here, at Benyfit Natural HQ we have been thinking one step ahead of the game... It really is not long until New Year's Eve and although an exciting time for us it can sometimes be less exciting for our furry friends!

We have put together 10 tips which will outline things you can do to keep your dog safe, calm and happy on New Years Eve! These tips are mostly in relation to fireworks as we feel this is the main fear for our dogs at this time of year!

  • Always keep dogs inside when fireworks are being let off.
  • Make sure your dog is walked earlier in the day before the fireworks and loud noises start.
  • Close all windows and doors, and block off cat flaps to stop pets escaping and to keep noise to a minimum. Draw the curtains, and if the animals are used to the sounds of TV or radio, switch them on (but not too loudly) in order to block out some of the noise of the fireworks.
  • Ensure dogs are wearing some form of easily readable identification (ID) – even in the house. They should have at least a collar and tag. It is now a legal requirement to have your dog chipped.
  • Prepare a ‘den’ for your pet where it can feel safe and comfortable – perhaps under a bed with some of your old clothes. They may like to hide there when the fireworks start.
  • Let your pet pace around, whine, bark and hide in a corner if they want to. Do not try to coax them out – they are just trying to find safety, and should not be disturbed.
  • Stay calm, act normally and give lots of praise for calm behavior. It’s OK to cuddle and stroke your pet if it helps them relax, but if they prefer to hide under your bed, then let them do this instead.
  • Avoid leaving your pet alone during such potentially upsetting events. If you do have to leave the house, don’t get angry with your pet if you find they have been destructive or toileted after being left on their own. Shouting at a frightened pet will only make them more stressed.
  • Don’t tie your dog up outside while fireworks are being let off, i.e outside a shop while you pop inside, or leave them in the garden or in your car.
  • Leave your dog something fun to do – like a frozen kong filled with their favourite treats.

 

Finally, never take your dog to a fireworks display. Even if they doesn’t bark or whimper at the noise, it doesn’t mean they are happy. Excessive panting and yawning can indicate that your dog is stressed.

We hope you all have a wonderful New Years Eve and we Can't wait to be back sending food out on January 3rd 2017! 

Click here to place your order and we will fulfil it as soon as we are back in the new year!


Ben Van Praagh
Ben Van Praagh

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