Here at the 1 Dog At A Time Rescue UK team, we understand that fireworks can be frightening to your dogs because of the flashing lights and loud bangs that they make. You may think that our older rehomed Romanian street dogs would be used to them, but it’s not necessarily the case.
Bonfire night is officially the 5th November, but fireworks are let off for an extended period of time before and after this date, so it can be a real problem for pet owners who need to keep their dogs safe. Diwali and New Year’s Eve are other occasions for fireworks to be used to celebrate. If your dog is at all worried by the flashes and bangs, please have a look at these suggestions to make sure you keep your dog safe over the next weeks or months.
Here are some tried and tested tips for keeping your dog safe and happy:
- Please make sure you let your dog out into your garden BEFORE it gets dark. Feed your dogs a little earlier to be sure they get the chance to go to the toilet before it gets too dark.
- Try not to let your dog into the garden after dark. Some dogs that are very anxious might associate your garden with scary things and then get anxious about going into the garden for some time in the future.
- Ensure you have checked that all your garden fences and gates are secure.
- Make sure your dog is wearing a collar with an ID tag on it, which contains your name, address and phone number.
- Create a Safe Space: Set up a quiet and calming space for your dog where they can retreat during fireworks. This could be a quiet room in your home or a designated area where they feel safe and comfortable. Make a safe “den” this could be a dog crate with the door open and a blanket over it, or a table, whatever makes your dog feel safe. Your dog can then retreat to that safe space if they want to.
- Ensure all windows and doors are closed draw all curtains and pull down blinds so the dogs can’t see the fireworks flashing.
- Sometimes, keeping your dog occupied can help, so how about giving them a stuffed or frozen Kong or their favourite treat such as an antler? Chewing and licking can be very calming for a dog.
- You can play calming music or turn up the television or put the radio on, background white noise, anything that will help to block out the noise.
- You could try a thunder shirt for your dog to wear.
- You can try calming supplements such as Zylkene, Pet remedy or Nutracalm.
- Provide comfort and reassurance to your dog when fireworks are going off. Stay with them, speak to them in a soothing voice, and offer gentle petting to help alleviate their anxiety.
- Consult Your Vet : If your dog experiences severe anxiety or stress during fireworks, consider speaking to your veterinarian. They may be able to provide additional guidance or recommend anxiety-relieving treatments.
Remember, it’s essential to be proactive in ensuring the safety and well-being of your dog during fireworks displays. By following these tips, you can help minimise their anxiety and create a more comfortable environment for them.
Stay safe and enjoy the festivities!
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