It’s time to prepare for Bonfire Night! A large percentage of dogs are scared of loud noises, such as fireworks. These days fireworks are set off for various days around November 5th so this can be a massively traumatic time for your pet. Let’s get prepared to help your dog cope with their fears and phobias.
Here’s our top 5 tips to help your dog this Fireworks Night:
Keep your pets inside
Walk your dogs early, during daylight hours, when fireworks are less likely to be set off. A frightened dog can be easily spooked causing them to flee – keep them inside to keep them safe. Close curtains and turn on the TV or radio to block out noise.
Give your dog somewhere safe to hide
Provide a den for your dog to hide in if it makes them feel more comfortable. A crate covered in a blanket or a bed tucked in a nook / under a table can make a great comfort zone for your pet. Never force your dog into a crate if they are not used to it, or if they aren’t actively seeking out a space to hide. You could increase fears.
If your dog seeks out your affection and attention, provide it. If not, allow them their own space.
Give your dog something to chew
Chewing can help calm an anxious dog. Chewing expels energy and produces feel-good chemicals in the brain, keeping your dog calm and relaxed.
Use natural remedies for emotional support
Natural remedies such as essential oils and bach flower remedies can aid a dog’s coping strategy. They can either help the dog feel more comfortable and confident generally – so better equipped to deal with scary sounds – or help calm the dog naturally for a short time.
Seek professional help
If you have a highly fearful dog look for a local professional behaviour practitioner. They can help you work through a process of slowly desensitising your dog to loud noises. You may also need to seek advice from your local natural vet.