Most of us are very aware that dogs and fireworks are never a good combination, so with Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night almost here, at Benyfit Natural HQ we have been thinking one step ahead of the game.
It wont be long until the evening skies will be filled with beautiful aerial light displays accompanied by the sounds of loud bangs and explosions, and although it can be an exciting time for us, it can sometimes be less exciting for our furry friends!
We have put together 10 tips that will outline things you can do to keep your dog safe, calm and happy when it comes to dogs and fireworks over this period. These tips are mostly in relation to fireworks as we feel this is the main fear for our dogs at this time of year!
10 Tips For Dogs and Fireworks Safety
- 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.
- Allow 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 don’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.
Have fun during these upcoming festive events but always check to see if your dog is feeling comfortable.