There are a couple of evenings on the annual calendar, in which there could be some loud bangs around.....Halloween and Fireworks night. You maybe familiar with the saying, "remember, remember the 5th of November".....we all remember this saying and are looking forward to seeing all the bright colours and sparklers.
But we also need to remember about the special hounds in our lives! Are your dogs afraid of fireworks?
Below, find some signs that your dogs may be afraid of fireworks and a couple of pointers on what you could do to help them out. Maybe something works for one dog, but not another. They are just suggestions to see what may work for your dog.
Signs your dog has a fear of fireworks:
Trembling and shaking
Clinging to owners
Cowering and hiding
Trying to run away
Soiling the house
Pacing and panting
Refusing to eat.
Ways in which you could help your dog out during fireworks:
Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise earlier in the day
Keep your dog inside during fireworks, preferably with human companionship. Bringing your dogs to a fireworks display is never a good idea
Put on some music or tv to mask the firework sounds
Provide a safe place inside for your dogs to retreat. When scared of sounds they can’t orient, dogs often prefer small enclosed areas. If your dog is comfortable in a crate, that is a good option.
If possible, keep the windows and curtains closed. Covering the crate or lowering the blinds can also be helpful. Removing visual stimulation can also help calm dogs
Make sure all your dogs are wearing ID tags with a properly fitting collar
Leave your dog something fun to do – like a frozen Kong filled with his favourite treats.
A couple of products I’ve used, whilst boarding a dog suffering from separation anxiety, is a spray and plug in diffuser from a company called “Adaptil”. I found that these products really helped and I would recommend anyone to give these ago! Most pet shops should stock Adaptil products, but if you can’t find any, you are able to buy products from the brand’s website: www.adaptil.com