Dogs on bonfire and fireworks night
Updated: Dec 11, 2020
Top tips for keeping your dog calm and safe this November.
How to help your dog feel calm this bonfire and fireworks night.
Dogs can find bonfire and fireworks night stressful; the loud, unexpected bangs and flashes of light are bound to take them by surprise.
You may notice your dog showing signs of stress such as overgrooming, off their food, hiding, peeing in unusual places, tail under, shaking, licking their lips and drooling in absence of food,
We all want our dogs to have a stress-free November so we've put together some top tips for helping your dog feel less anxious this bonfire and fireworks night:
Walk your dog before it gets dark
Walk your dog before it gets dark, so that they are safely indoors when the fireworks start.
Draw the curtains and keep all windows and doors closed
By keeping the curtains drawn any flashes of light will be kept to a minimum and by closing all windows and doors the noise level of any loud bangs will be reduced.
Create a safe place to hide
Around a week before the firework season begins, create a 'safe place' for your dog using their crate, so they have somewhere to retreat to during any loud bangs and flashes of light.
Prop open their crate door and inside place their bed. Over the top of the crate drape a blanket so that it covers three side and the top, creating an enclosed area. You may also wish to add some blankets inside the 'safe place' too for your dog to hide under should they so wish.
Leave the 'safe place' box in a corner of a quiet room where your dog will feel safe.
Use toys and food as a distraction
Now that you've created a 'safe place' for your dog, you might like to place one or two of their favourite toys inside and some food distraction toys such as a filled Kong. You could also consider scatter feeding during the fireworks to keep them occupied and distracted.
Play some distracting music
To lessen the impact of the loud bangs you could play some calming music or put the radio on in the same room as you have positioned the 'safe place' box acting as a welcome distraction.
Consider using calming products
You know your dog better than anyone else and if you already know that they are a bit of a worrier, consider using natural, de-stress calming products such as the Pet Remedy plug in and wipes.
These products are amazing they really do work and you can use them for most of your pets from rabbits to birds and cats to horses!
Keep calm and carry on!
Try to stay calm yourself, your dog will pick up on your emotions and if you feel stressed out, so will they, so, when the firework bangs start, sit down with a cuppa and put your feet up.