Many of us look forward to Autumn, Halloween, Diwali and of course Remember, remember the fifth of November… Bonfire Night!
However, our furry friends are not so excited when it comes to Diwali or Bonfire Night. Dogs and firework celebrations don’t always mix. Celebrations for both Diwali and Bonfire night tend to run before and after the 5th of November and consist of an abundance of fireworks and sparklers which can be loud, noisy and cause distress for pets. Fireworks can scare many animals, particularly dogs and cats. The Kennel Club has found that 40% of dogs fear fireworks.
However, it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s great to plan-ahead, here are a few tips for hoomans to implement to help keep your pets calm and safe during firework celebrations:
- Check any firework displays that are planned locally so you are aware of when they will be. Also check with your neighbours to see if they are planning any unofficial fireworks in their gardens.
- Try and act as normal as possible as your dog will pick up any odd behaviour.
- Top up your dog’s water bowl – dogs can get thirsty when anxious or scared.
- Stay with your pets so they’re not scared or alone.
- Change your walking routine: Most dogs require a minimum of one walk a day. Try walking your dog when it is still light before the noisy celebrations start.
- Close any windows – this will help to muffle the sound of the fireworks.
- Allow your dog to hide inside if needs be – let them go under the table or in a room where they feel comfortable and safe.
- Close curtains and use the television or music to drown out any loud fireworks
- Comfort your pets – give them extra fuss, buy them a chew toy, or give them their favourite treats as a way of comforting them.
- Check the information on your dog’s microchip is up to date as sometimes dogs can run away when they are scared or alarmed by loud noises.
- Make sure your pets can’t get out the house during bonfire night celebrations and check that your garden is escape proof.
- Don’t punish or tell off your pets for being alarmed, scared, fretting, or having little accidents inside due to being scared.
- Look at pheromone diffusers to help calm and relax your dog