Most dogs will show signs of fear when they hear fireworks. If this is the case for your pet pooch then here are a few ideas which can reduce the stress caused by fireworks.
1. Be prepared
Check local displays so you know when to expect the greatest disturbance.
Daylight is the least likely times when people will be setting off fireworks.
Make sure you dogs are well exercised before fireworks are being set off.
It might be a good idea to feed your dog in the day light as well. Sometimes the fear from the fireworks can put them off their food.
If they do need to go outside during the evening keep them on the lead and stay with them to reassure them.
2. Shut out the light and sound
The bright lights and the sound of fireworks are what frighten our pets – so make sure you close all the windows and doors.
Also, keeping your dog in a room where they can sit with you listening to music or the TV can drown out the sound of fireworks.
3. Create a safe space
Create a quiet space where your dog can feel in control and some other hiding places around your home.
Building a den is a great way to help your pet feel safe and secure. You can do so using blankets, pegs, pillows, chairs and putting some of there favourite toys in to help them feel comfortable and at ease.
Make sure these areas are just for the dog and encourage your children to leave this as the dog’s special area.
4. They might run
Fear can make man’s best friend a little erratic, so take extra care when opening the doors and ensure that your outside area is secure, the fear can cause the dogs to escape.
It’s always worth making sure that they are micro chipped and have a collar on as well, so they can be returned if they manage to sneak past.
5. Keep them busy
If your dog is feeling up to it, then playing games or doing some rewards base training can keep them distracted. If they would rather stay cosy in one of the spaces, you have created then leave them be.
6. Stay calm
Behave as normally as possible around your dog, if you act strangely, they will too!
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