– “Yippee, fireworks are here again!” Thought no dog, ever.
Guy Fawkes night is here again, and while we all enjoy the bonfires and pretty sky displays, chances are your four legged friend is not going to be as happy about it. Barking, cowering, becoming clingy or on edge are all behaviours which are completely normal in a scared animal – so here are some things you can do to help keep your hound calm…
- Walk them while it’s light to avoid prime firework time
- Close windows and curtains to muffle the bangs
- Put on some ambient noise to mask the firework sounds
- Create a quiet space where your dog can go for some protected time out
- Use delayed-rewards (like Kong toys) to keep them busy and distracted
- Make sure they are secure in the house – even the most reliable dogs may bolt when frightened
It’s best to prepare in advance to help them cope, so if you’re off out tonight, make sure they’re ready too! Remember also that fireworks tend to go on for a couple of weeks, so keep it up until either your pup calms down or the firework displays in the area have finished.