I don’t know about you but once upon a time 5th November was the only time you heard fireworks and maybe the nearest weekend to it – but nowadays we seem to have at least two weeks of fireworks going off at all times. If, like me you have a noise sensitive dog then you will need to help them as much as you can to get through what can be a traumatic time for them. Some top tips are:
- Always make a safe place for your dog to go in the house when they are feeling stressed – this could be under the table with a cover over it or in their crate if they are happy to do so
- Never scold your dog for displaying fear related behaviour as this will only exacerbate their anxiety – instead remain calm yourself and comfort them if they want to be stroked or massaged (some dogs will prefer to be left alone) so do read your dogs body language
- Take your dog out to relieve themselves before dark and feed them their meal earlier than usual as they may not want to eat once the fireworks start.
- Close the curtains, put the lights on and turn your TV or radio up to cover up as much of the noise as possible.
- Don’t leave your dog alone when the fireworks are going and make sure the house and garden are secured as they may try to escape through fear
Good news is that Sainsburys have put a ban on selling fireworks in some (if not all) of their stores and it may be that other stores will follow their lead. Rather than have your own firework display locally why not attend an organised event or if you or your neighbours are planning on having a local firework party then please do let the neighbourhood know when to expect it to start and finish – so everyone can help their pets accordingly.
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