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As this strange year starts to come to an end, we know that fireworks are going to soon become a regular occurrence; Halloween, Christmas, New Years, and Guy Fawkes Night...
Although Bonfire Night plans may be a little different this year, with so much of the country under different restrictions and rules, most of us will be avoiding crowds and events - but that doesn't mean there won't be any fireworks...
Many people will still put on displays to celebrate the 5th November, whether in their garden or in a socially distanced public event. So, it’s definitely worth considering your pets in your plans, as the loud noises may induce a lot of anxiety and panic for some of our four-legged friends. What can be a fantastic party for us humans, is very scary and overwhelming for our dogs!
To help them stay calm, and avoid any unusual behaviour, we've put together a few tips!
By making sure your dog has had plenty of exercise during the day, you can ensure they are tired enough to sleep through most of the loud fireworks. If a dog has less energy, he’ll be less likely to panic. Exercise also releases endorphins in your pets to keep them feeling content and happy.
One of the best ways to keep your dogs calm is to limit their space to a confined area. If dogs are crate trained, this provides a sense of security for them, and gives them a place to hide and relax. If they are not crate trained, just pop them into a room where they cannot hurt themselves or damage anything, that’s far away from the noise and commotion.
Having the TV or radio on will not only help muffle the sound of fireworks, but also keep your pup distracted. Soothing music will help the most, but any TV show or channel will be useful! Turn it on a few hours before the festivities begin so that your pet can associate the noise of the TV with peace and comfort.
Similarly to how we can take Rescue Remedy, or Chamomile Tea to calm our nerves, there are some natural calming aids available for dogs that work wonders. Many vets recommend plug-in scent diffusers, but these can have a tendency to make your dog drowsy and unwell.
Dogs can pick up on our moods and feelings, so keeping calm yourself is super important if you want your pup to stay relaxed. Speak in soothing tones, don’t jump or make sudden movements, and try not to over-excite your dog during the sudden pops and bangs. Pet them lots, and treat them whenever they seem unfazed by loud noises.
By giving your pet something fun to do, you can occupy their attention away from any impending anxiety! New toys, tasty treats, or fun games are the ideal way to divert their attention – a chew toy covered in peanut butter is the ultimate distraction!
These pending noisy nights can be enjoyable for every member of your family, including your pooch. By planning ahead, you can be sure you’re doing the best by your pet so you can celebrate worry and guilt-free.