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Keeping your dogs safe during fireworks

Although bonfire night traditionally is on 5th November, for many reasons fireworks displays are spread over a 2 week period, which is pretty annoying for pet owners. It can cause many problems with your dogs, cats and other animals, particularly if they are sensitive to noise and bright lights. Fireworks nowadays are so much louder than they used to be and unless you jaunt off to some ‘firework free’ island around the end of October, you’ve no chance of avoiding them!

So what can we do to ensure our lovely dogs don’t get stressed by the loud bangs that will inevitably be dominating our environment?

Make sure your dog’s microchip details are up to date and if possible that there are wearing their ID tag, so if they do get startled and run off, they can be traced back to you.

Keep all your windows and doors closed to try and muffle the sound, also keep all curtains and blinds closed – this will help muffle the sound further and will hide the bright flashing lights which can also be distressing.

Walk your dog during the daytime, not in the evening, keep them on their lead, just in case any fireworks are let off early. Let them out into the garden just before it gets dark so you can then keep them in until after the fireworks have finished. Stay out in the garden with them to ensure they do not get scared, particularly just in case a firework may go off.

Indoors keep your household calm – act happy and cheerful and do not react to any loud noises you hear. Keep it as normal as possible. Have music playing or turn the sound up slightly on your TV to try and drown out any noises from outside.

If your dog seems distressed comfort them and try and distract them. If they want to be left alone, just leave them alone and ensure there is a comfortable place for them where they can feel safe.

Reward your dogs with treats for calm behaviour and don’t get annoyed with them if they bark – after all that’s what dogs do!!

There are plug-ins available which give off dog-calming pheromones, these may help if fireworks are a real issue for your dog.

What do you do to help your dog during fireworks?

Introducing the paw-thors

Hi I’ll go first as I’m the oldest! My name is Duke, I’m an English Springer Spaniel and I have lived with my hoo-mans humans since I was about 12 weeks old. I live in a village in Surrey where there are loads of brilliant walks, I love a good run through the woods and anywhere that tennis balls are involved! I live with my little sister Ellie. Well don’t tell anyone but she’s not really my sister, well I mean we weren’t born from the same parents but she is my little sister and I love her – don’t tell her that though! When Ellie first came to live with us in March I did find her a little bit annoying tbh, it was just me and my humans and they decided that it would be nice for me to have another dog to keep me company. That’s a bit cheeky really – I think they should have asked me first. I was the top dog in the house and then this annoying little puppy came along and kept chewing up all my teddies, she took toys out my mouth and ran off with them and she slept in my bed with me, blooming cheek. But now I love having a little sister and we like to do everything together.

Err Duke can I talk now…Hello I’m Ellie and I’m an English Springer Spaniel too, well I think I am anyway. I can’t remember much about where I lived before but I don’t think I liked it very much because I ran away from them. I got put in a dog pound with lots of other dogs and that wasn’t a really nice place so I don’t like to think about that anymore. The people who had me before wouldn’t even pay to get me back because the vet had given me some sort of operation. Anyway (shudder) they aren’t memories I like to think about now. I am really happy in my new home because I have a big brother who shares his toys with me and we love to snuggle up on the bed together. I always know I am going to get food now so I am trying hard not to eat everything I see on the floor and tables. I’ve learnt a good trick lately that if a human throws a ball I get it back for them and they are happy – they are a bit stupid though because they keep throwing it and trying to lose it again – it’s a good job they’ve got me around. My humans keep telling me I’m a good girl so I really like that and now I smile a lot like Duke.

We are going to try and find lots of nice places for people to take their dogs so you can have fun and be happy like us. Don’t worry doggies we will tell you it as it is!