How to prepare your dog for fireworks

It is getting colder now and at this time of year there is plenty to celebrate with Halloween, Bonfire night, Christmas and New Years all within weeks of each other, it can be a very noisy time of the year too. Many dogs are uncomfortable and scared of loud noises but there are a number of things you can do in order to prepare your dog for fireworks and other loud noises.

Acclimatise

On the run up to Bonfire night it would be a good idea to play firework noises and sounds so your dog can experience what the night would be like. Begin by playing these sounds at a low volume whilst doing normal activities such as playing or feeding. Gradually increase the volume as your dog adapts to hearing these sounds. In essence teach your dog that there’s nothing unusual about these sounds.

Prepare a den

Making a den works best if it is set up a few weeks in advance of expected noisy dates such as Bonfire’s night and New Year’s Eve. The best den’s will help block out light and sounds so make sure it is dark and well padded out with blankets.

Don’t forget to include treats and some of its favourite toys to help encourage your dog to go inside.

Exercise

Another thing you can do is make sure your dog has had plenty of exercise and is tired at the end of the day. If your dog is more worn out of at the end of the day there is less chance that it will get wound up as easily.

Stay Calm

Don’t alter your behaviour as your dog will be less settled. By remaining positive and reassuring your pet will see that there is nothing to be alarmed about. Whatever your pet wants to do whether its cuddle up or hide under the furniture encourage it to do so as preventing this could just cause more confusion and unsettlement.

Others

There are a few small things you can do to help as well such as

  • Close the curtains and turn up the TV/Radio
  • Provide water as worried dogs will pant more
  • Check when your local displays are happening or with neighbours if they are having a private show

If you’re away over the autumn/winter period we can find you suitable dog carers who can look after and take care of your dog whilst you are away. Please get in touch for more information on 01932 568584