Fireworks: Dos and Don'ts
One of the best ways to help your dog on bonfire night, to to gradually expose him or her to the often frightening sounds they experience during the festive season. The Dogs' Trust has put together free downloads of "Sound Therapy for Pets", which you can use to help your dog overcome his or her fear of fireworks.
Dos and Don’ts of Firework Night for Dog Owners
Do provide a den or hiding place where your dog can feel safe.
Do walk your dog when it is light outside during fireworks season. This reduces the chances of your pet being outside when fireworks are let off.
Do ignore fearful behaviour, such as panting, shaking and whining. Dogs can pick up on their owners’ anxiety which can increase the problem.
Do ensure your dog is inside the house and windows and doors are shut to prevent them from escaping.
Don’t punish your pet for excessive reactions to fireworks as this can make them more distressed.
Do plug in an Adaptil diffuser into your dog’s favourite room 48 hours prior to a fireworks party, which contains a synthetic copy of their natural pheromones to help increase the sense of security. An alternative could be to spray Adaptil on bedding or fit an Adaptil collar.
Do provide distractions such as new toys and chews during fireworks season.
Do stay in as much as possible with your pet during fireworks season as your normal habits will help them feel settled. The noise of the TV or music can also drown out the bangs.
Do get your dog micro-chipped so that if they do run away, they can be traced when found.
Do speak to your vet if you are concerned your dog may have developed a noise phobia and discuss appropriate medication well before Bonfire night.