Calm your dog during fireworks

During the next few weeks there are going to be the usual celebrations for Bonfire Night that involve setting off a number of explosive fireworks. While families are out enjoying themselves there are pet dogs in houses up and down the country shivering with fear at all the noise.

Some pet dogs are not worried about the noise and strange happenings, taking everything in their stride while others become upset.

To help your dog stay calm during fireworks here are a few ideas:

  • You could leave your radio or television switched on
  • Close all your windows and doors in the house and avoid setting off fireworks in your garden
  • Closing curtains will muffle the sounds and stop your dog from seeing the flashing lights
  • A long walk just before tea time may help to reduce some of your dog’s high energy levels
  • If you can leave someone with your dog it will help them to feel reassured and calm
  • Remember your dog can sense if you are worried or upset for him and it will make him or her more sensitive so try not to get overworked up about him
  • There are natural remedies for dogs that can help

Vets are used to the worries that dogs and their owners go through towards the end of the year.

As a last resort, ask your local veterinary surgeon for medication to help with your dog’s nervous feelings about fireworks.


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