Keep your dog safe from Fireworks
Throughout the years I have had dogs that don’t mind fireworks and others that are literally petrified so I have put together this guide on things you can do to make popular nights such as New Years Eve and Guy Fawkes night have as less as impact as possible on your dog.
Ensure your dog is up to date with a collar with information and also mircrochipped. The most likely time of year when dogs run from their homes are on nights when fireworks are released. You therefore want to make sure that their contact information is up to date so they if you do lose them then you are able to retrieve them as soon as possible with the best tools available to you. Even with a collar, tags and a microchip it still does not mean guaranteed safety however.
Make sure your dog understands basic training – This is useful anyway but in times of fireworks it can be vital. Your dog will be scared and it is best to use firm commands to show your authority and also give comfort to them that the situation is under control. At the very least make sure they know “Sit” and “Stay”. As a puppy it is of course easier to train and also easier that they get used to firework nights so they can remember it and get used to them.
If your dog has a serious problem with fireworks then consider speaking to a vet that has the correct qualifications to help. They will be able to offer advice to help reduce the dog’s stress and also sedating the dog using drugs where possible. Dogs ears are also more sensitive than humans so after the party it may be best to take them to a vet to do a check up.
Another solution could be to take your dog somewhere where they are few celebrations happening such as a kennels in the countryside or a friend or relative who lives in a quiet area away from any large organised parties.
There are certain relaxing auditory CDs that have been clinically researched to help calm dogs with anxiety. You can try playing these when firework nights occur.
You must exercise caution with your dog as severely anxious dogs are known to bite, even at owners. Make sure you monitor your dog during the period of fireworks to look for the signs of building anxiety. Make sure you watch over them to make sure they do not bite you. Signs of anxiety include licking lips, whimpering and a tense posture.