Last minute fireworks top tips
If you're worried about how your dog is going to cope with fireworks this weekend, we've got some last minute top tips to help make the experience as stress-free as possible for your pet.
1. Make a den that your dog can retreat to if he feels nervous and scared. There are several ways that you can do this, either by draping a dark blanket over a crate and filling it with a soft bed, his favourite toys, and a piece of clothing that smells like you. If you don't have a crate, then you could do this same thing with a coffee table.
2. Distraction is key. Try leaving the radio or TV on louder than possible, to drown out the noises outside. Similarly, you could distract him with a Kong stuffed full of his favourite treats or buy a large chew stick or chewy toy that he can get stuck into.
3. Speak to your neighbours and ask them if they are planning to let off any fireworks this weekend. If you have a rough idea of when they are going to be (they may me earlier or later than you're expecting), then you can make sure you are at home to comfort your pet.
4. Be there for your dog, but don't overdo the comforting. Talk to him in a positive tone of voice, but don't make a big fuss. Let him sit with you if that's what he wants to do, but don't force him to.
5. Draw your curtains so your dog can't see the fireworks.
6. Don't let your dog out into the garden after it goes dark — if he is scared, he could jump over the fence and run away.
Did you know?
- Three quarters of pet owners believe that their pets are frightened of fireworks.
- Ninety per cent of owners are worried about how their pets will cope during fireworks season.
- Over 80 per cent of owners say their dogs' anxiety means they do not enjoy fireworks as much.
- Despite their concerns, over a quarter of owners do not make preparations to help their dogs with fireworks.