Fireworks can be scary for dogs.
The loud noises and flashing lights can be unsettling for our furry friends, but our Expert Dog Trainers have shared their top tips for making fireworks season as stress-free and relaxing as possible for your dog.
The loud bangs and whizzes of fireworks are typically the main cause of stress and anxiety for your dog.
Ensure there is a constant stream of calming music to help to block out the firework noise coming from outside.
Reggae, classical or pipe music are great choices. You can find lots of playlists on YouTube or download our FREE Spotify playlist, specifically made to keep dogs calm and happy.
Along with the sounds, the sudden flashes from fireworks can be upsetting for your dog.
Avoid going outside in the evening unless absolutely necessary.
By giving your dog plenty of exercise during the daytime, this should help them to feel less anxious and more tired later on, encouraging them to sleep through the frightening light show.
Always remember to be extra cautious when opening doors and windows when fireworks are going off, as a scared dog is a flight risk. This is also a great time to check that your dog’s tag is secure and that their microchip details are up to date.
Playtime is a great distraction. Your presence and attention will be comforting for your dog.
Enrichment activities such as a puzzle feeders, licky mats, kongs and chews are all great distractions for your dog.
Consider saving some “high value treats” for Fireworks night. These extra delicious foods will increase the chance of them working as a distraction and should help to build positive associations with the accompanying sounds – reducing firework fearfulness in the future.
If you’re worried your dog may be suffering extreme fear and anxiety, you may need extra support. Contact your vet to discuss medication and further ways to calm your dogs during this season.
If you have a puppy or a dog which has not developed a fear of loud noises or fireworks it’s still a good idea to be pro-active around the festive period in order to avoid these fears developing.