That time of year is coming up again, firework season is upon us and as usual bonfire night appears to have become bonfire month. Fortunately, Ember isn’t too bothered about the fireworks as long as she is inside, but some dogs can be left terrified by them. Common signs of noise phobia include shaking, trembling, drooling, barking, howling, trying to hide and refusing to eat. Here are some tips for helping your dog on those frightful firework nights:
Keep them at home if you are going to a firework display, a safe and comfortable home environment is much safer.
Close the curtains and even consider leaving the TV or radio on to help keep them calm.
Provide a safe place that your dog can escape to if they are feeling stressed or fearful.
Take your dog for a walk before the fireworks start so they are not outside once the fireworks begin.
Play a game with them to help take their mind off the noises and help them feel relaxed and comfortable.
Try to act as normal as possible, this will help your dog feel calm as they will pick up on any bad vibes from you.
If your dog comes to you for comfort, give them attention and some love, ignoring them will only make the situation even more confusing and difficult for them.
Make sure they are wearing their ID, just in case they some who manage to get out.
Make sure your dog has plenty of water, if they are anxious they may pant a little more and need to keep a little more hydrated than normal.