9 ways to keep your dog calm on Bonfire Night
Firework season can be a terrifying time for pets. According to the RSPCA, 45 percent of dogs in the UK show signs of fear when they hear fireworks.
Minimise stress by following these tips:
- Keep your dog indoors once it’s dark to reduce their exposure to fireworks
- Walk your dog in daylight before the fireworks start and be sure to keep them on the lead if there’s chance fireworks could be set off.
- Stay in the house with your pet during fireworks season
- Keep windows, doors and curtains shut to block out the sounds and flashes
- Put on the TV or radio to help mask the sound of the fireworks –make sure this isn’t too loud if your pooch isn’t used to having the TV/radio on
- Create a cosy den where your pet can hide and feel safe. Use clothing as bedding for your dog’s den so they will feel comforted by your scent
- Keep your dog’s water bowl full as dogs are likely to drink more when nervous
- Use a calming plug-in diffuser to create a relaxed atmosphere
- Make sure your dog is microchipped (it’s the law!) and wearing a collar and tags in case he gets spooked and runs off
What do you do to keep your dog calm on Bonfire Night? Let us know over on the Wagg Facebook page