KEEP YOUR DOGS SAFE DURING FIREWORKS.
TIPS TO GET YOU THROUGH BONFIRE NIGHT.
Sudden or loud noises such as fireworks can cause fear in many dogs. It can be distressing for owners to see their beloved pets in such a state so DogsTrust have provided several methods to support your furry friend through this.
SIGNS OF DISTRESS:
Whining / barking / crying
Excessive panting or drooling
Holding their tail down between their legs
Hiding in safe spot
Trying to escape
Trembling or shaking
Pacing or restlessness
Loss of appetite
Dilated pupils due to stress
HOW TO HELP YOUR PET:
Stay with your dog. Your pooch could panic if left alone. Having you or someone they know and trust for company will help them relax.
Don’t go out after dark. Make sure you’re cosy inside and settled well before any fireworks start. Never force your dog outside during fireworks.
Give your dog any prescribed medication before fireworks start.
Check your house and garden are escape-proof. Your dog could try to run away if they’re scared so check your doors, windows and fences are secure.
KEEPING THEM CALM:
Block out flashes and bangs. Close any windows or curtains and turn the lights on. Put on music or the TV to help disguise the noise.
Recognise the needs of your individual dog and let them choose:
If your dog wants to hide, let them stay where they feel safe.
If they seek reassurance, calmly give them attention and comfort. Research shows that ignoring them won’t help.
If your dog doesn’t seem worried, then it’s best to keep them busy with their favourite toys or activities so they don’t become anxious.
Try to stay calm and relaxed yourself. Your dog will pick up on how you’re feeling, so do your best to relax.
If your dog makes a mess by accident, avoid telling them off as this might make them feel more scared.
If you are worried about your pets anxiety speak to your Vet or an animal behaviourist.