Remember, remember (your dog on) the 5th of November!
Bonfire Night is just around the corner, which can be a dreaded time of the year for your pups – and owners alike!
2020 may be a little different to usual (how many times have you heard that?) – with most organised displays being cancelled, there is more chance of people holding their own firework parties which may cause misery for stressed-out pooches.
Data from the RSPCA shows that 45% of dogs in the UK are scared of fireworks.
Here are some top tips to prepare your pooch for firework season:
- Switch your TV or radio on. This can help to muffle the sound, but make sure it’s not too loud and don’t try this if your dog isn’t used to noises from the television.
- Close the curtains to black out any flashing lights.
- Fill their water bowl up. Dogs are likely to drink more when they are worried.
- Make sure your dog is micro-chipped and your information is up to date so your dog can be easily returned if do get spooked.
- Let your worried dog pace around, whine and hide in a corner if they want. Once they have found a safe space try not to disturb them.
- Place some of your clothes under your bed or behind the sofa. Dogs like to hide in a den where they feel safe and comfortable and they might help to keep your pet calm.
- Stay calm yourself, act normally and give lots of praise for calm behaviour. 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.
- Speak to your vet well in advance as they may be able to prescribe calming medication that might help your dog if they really struggle over the period.
- Sound therapy is also an option if you know your pet gets scared. This can slowly desensitise them to the zips, whizzes and bangs of fireworks.