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Protect your pooch this fireworks season

Protect your pooch this fireworks season

Published at 4:24pm 30th October 2019. (Updated at 5:49am 31st October 2019)

With Bonfire Night displays about to take place in Surrey and Hampshire, most of us will be getting ready to enjoy the festivities.

But for dogs, these celebrations can be some of the most stressful and terrifying times of year. 

According to research, 50% of UK dogs show signs of fear when they hear fireworks. 

With the help of the RSCPA, we've come up with some top tips of the things you can make your dog or cat feel safe. 

  • Make a doggy den

Creating a safe place inside your home can be an ideal place for your dog to hide from fireworks. This should be a quiet area and a place where they feel in control. 

Do not pester your dog when they are in the den. 

You can use blankets and pillows to create a den and closing windows and curtains also helps. 

  • Play music to muffle the sound

The sudden bang of fireworks can be extremely terrifying for your dog, so playing other sounds can be a great way to mask the noise of the bangs.

Nearly 80% of dog owners turn on the TV or radio to help drown out the sounds of the fireworks, which will help distract your dog from the noise outside.

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Nearly half of UK dogs show signs of fear when they hear fireworks.

 

  • Walking

When walking your dog during fireworks season, perhaps consider walking them earlier in the day.

Walking before dusk is ideal to make sure your dog is comfortable when going outside.

Try to tire your dog out earlier on in the day, so they’ll be more likely to fall asleep before fireworks are set off.

  • Consider an alternative

If you have tried everything you can to help your cope with fireworks and they are still stressed, then it may be time to reach out to your vet for advice in the first instance, as they will be able to provide the best course of action.

RSPCA animal behaviour expert Dr Samantha Gaines said:  

“Firework phobia in pets is a treatable condition and we recommend seeking advice from your vet so that you can plan ahead and help your pet cope around firework season.

"For example, if your dog is frightened of fireworks your vet may suggest referral to a clinical animal behaviourist to teach him/her to deal with the sounds, or the use of diffusers which disperse calming chemicals into the room."

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