Guy Fawkes night is approaching us which is good news for everyone that loves fireworks, however, there are a lot of four-legged friends who are not a fan of fireworks! It is estimated that 45% of dogs in the UK show signs of fear when they hear fireworks. So, what can you do to help if you know your dog is scared of fireworks?
1. Firstly, you want to keep them away from the ‘bang’. Close all curtains, windows and doors, turning the TV on loud enough to attempt to mask the noise often helps as a distraction.
2. Try to create a happy atmosphere by relaxing and offering your dog treats, also avoid getting cross/telling him/her off as this can upset them more and make them feel even more uncomfortable.
3. Don’t leave your dog home alone, as this will just increase their feeling of unease.
4. Ensure that all your pet’s information is up to date and microchipped in case your pet does get spooked by the fireworks and run off. By law, your dog should be wearing an ID tag with the owner’s name and address displayed.
5. Dogs show that they are stressed or anxious in multiple ways; including panting excessively, drooling, shaking, yawning and putting their tail between their legs. If your dog begins to pace around, whine or hide in corners then let them. Once they have found a safe space, try not to disturb them.
6. Although it’s difficult when you can clearly see that your dog is worried or stressed, try not to let them realise that you are too as this may make the problem worse. Stay calm and act normally, give lots of praise for calm behaviour. If your pet prefers to hide under your bed, then let them do this instead.
7. Try some dog-calming products to help relax your dog. Pheromone products particularly, simulate the properties of natural, positive pheromones. They release positive chemicals and can help ease stress and anxiety by reassuring pets in the area. These products come in a range of formats, including diffusers, sprays, wipes, and collars.