Why are dogs scared of fireworks?
Dogs are scared of noise and unpredictability of fireworks. The sights and sounds of Bonfire Night and the days leading up to this noisy event can be stressful and frightening for your pet. During this time, it’s important to make sure they’re physically safe and that any fear or adverse reactions they may have to loud noises is kept to a minimum. Take a look at our top tips for keeping your pets safe and comfortable on Bonfire Night:
How to calm dogs during fireworks
- Choose a room which your pet is used to spending time in and somewhere that’s comfortable and safe to help reduce fireworks stress in dogs.
- Close all windows and doors, draw curtains and blinds to block out as much noise and light as possible.
- If your pet is used to the noise of the TV or radio, turning this on can help to block out some of the firework noise.
- Ensure your pet has a safe place to retreat to, such as their usual bed or crate and make sure they’re not disturbed when they’re in there.
- If your pet shows signs of fear or distress, don’t punish them.
- If you do interact with your pet, do so in a calm, quiet and reassuring way without making a big fuss.
- Don’t show anxiety or fear yourself, as your pet will pick up on this and become more anxious.
- To distract your pet, try to engage them in some play time with dog toys, cat toys and small animal toys but don’t force them if they don’t seem interested.
- Give them a pet-safe dog treat or cat treat to focus their mind on something enjoyable.
- Some pets may find natural calming remedies useful. For your cat try Beaphar Calming Spot On. For dogs, give Beaphar’s Calming Spot On or Bob Martin’s Nutritional Oil a go.
- Ask your vet for advice about behavioural therapy to reduce noise phobia if this problem is distressing your pet.
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