Rightly or wrongly, fireworks season is on it’s way and we all know how we can help our dogs to feel comfortable and safe on an often anxiety-inducing night. With 45% of dog owners building dens, closing the curtains, and topping up water bowls this year. We are here to help you prepare in advance and take steps towards addressing a behaviour problem that simply cannot be ignored.
- Join local groups and forums on social media. By joining such groups and politely asking people to share any firework plans they may have, you can ensure that you are all set up at home to help your dog to cope. This will mean you are not having to scramble around for calming aids, thus potentially adding to the stressful environment.
- Ensure your property is secure. Should unexpected noises occur, many animals will choose flight over fight and may escape. Make sure they are microchipped just in case.
- Ignore noises yourself. Your dog will always look to you for comfort and reassurance so should you react to the loud sounds, they are more likely to pick up on them and get agitated too. Act normally and give lots of praise for calm behaviour.
- Play loud sounds soundtracks in the run up to events. By playing such soundtracks you can gradually start to increase volume and play at different times of the day or night. This will, over time, help your dog to desensitise to the noises. Ideally this would be done in essential socialisation period of 3-16 weeks, but it has been proven to help animals of all ages. Check out our free soundtrack on Spotify and SoundCloud
- Consult your vet. Speaking to your vet well in advance means you will be able to obtain calming medication that may help your dog if they really struggle over the period.
- Speak to a behaviourist. If the problem continues or gets worse, speaking to a professional is paramount. We have highly qualified professionals that can help you wherever you are in the world. Click here to get in touch.