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Dogs

 

  • Exercise your dog during the day.

  • Never walk your dog while fireworks are being let off.

  • Keep your dog indoors, close the curtains and play music to drown out the noise.

  • Let your dog hide if it wants to take refuge under furniture or in a corner.

  • Make sure your dog is wearing a collar and tag and is microchipped in case it bolts and becomes lost.

 

To further minimise distress, ask your vet about the Dog Appeasing Pheromone (Adaptil). It is a synthetic version of a chemical produced by a bitch shortly after she has given birth. The pheromone reassures newborn puppies and naturally calms them down. Scientists have discovered it also helps calm older dogs as well.

 

A simple plug-in diffuser that disperses the chemical into the room is available at some veterinary practices. It is safe and easy to use.  there is also an Adaptil collar, which is ideal as it stays on the dog at all times, helping with events both inside and outside the home.

 

MEDICATION may be useful in some cases.  If your dog is particularly prone to becoming very distressed, discuss sedatives with the vet.  Thses need to be ordered early as your pet may require a health assessment and also to ensure that you have the medication available for when the fireworks start.

If your vet has given you medication to reduce your dog's fears, make sure that you follow the prescription precisely.

Remember, these should be given before the firework noise begins to allow them to take effect.

 

 

 

 

On the day of the event

 

Don’t punish your dog when he is scared, it only confirms that there was something to be afraid of.

Don’t fuss or try to reassure your dog when he is scared, as this rewards the behaviour.

Ignore any fearful behaviour that occurs for no good reason.

Make sure your dog is kept in a safe and secure environment at all times so that it doesn’t bolt and escape if a sudden noise occurs.

When the season begins try to move your dog to a blacked out room at sundown with toys etc for him and preferably things for you to do as well, so he is not abandoned in the room.  Blacking out the room removes any potential additional problems from flashing lights etc.

Put some music on, if your dog (and you) can tolerate it, rap or something with a lot of constant drumbeats is best.  It doesn’t have to be very loud as long as there is a constant distracting beat to the music.

Ignore the noises yourself and try to engage your pet in some form of active game.

If you know of a dog that is not scared by the noises and gets on with your own dog then keeping the two together during the evenings may help.  Playing with the non-fearful dog if your own dog becomes scared may help to encourage the fearful dog that all is not so bad after all.