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Firework season top tips

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Fireworks can be scary for dogs.

The loud noises and flashing lights can be unsettling but our Head of Enrichment, Louise has shared her top tips for making fireworks season as stress free and relaxing as possible for your dog.

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Build a den

Build a den

  1. Use a clothes horse or crate to create the structure of your cosy den.
  2. Cover the den in thick blankets and towels to help block out sounds.
  3. Place your dogs usual bed inside, along with some of their favourite toys.
  4. Make the space as cosy as possible. You can use yummy treats to help with this.
  5. Make sure your dog has access to water so they can avoid leaving their hideaway.
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Calming music

Calming music

The loud noises from 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 sounds from outside.

Calming classical or pipe music can be a great choice. You can find lots of playlists on YouTube and Spotify, specifically made for dogs to help them relax.

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Time your walkies

Time your walkies

Along with the noise, the sudden flashes from fireworks can be upsetting for your dog.

Avoid going outside in the evening unless necessary.

Plenty of exercise during the daytime will help your dogs feel less anxious later on and always ensure your dog’s tag is secure and their microchip details are up to date.

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Seek your vets advice

Seek your vets advice

If your dog shows sign of extreme stress such as shaking and drooling during firework seasons, it is always best to consult your vet who may want to prescribe medication for your dog.

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