How to ease your dog's fear of fireworks?
Although humans enjoy the fireworks celebrations, your dog may not be so thrilled by the sights and sounds. The Bonfire Night is almost here and your dogs may react to the loud noise and flashes by whimpering, trembling, panting, extreme neediness and sometimes even running into glass doors in an effort to escape. Read the article below to learn how to ease your dog's fear of fireworks and keep it calm so that you can both have an enjoyable celebrations.
Fireworks are no fun for pets so you should remember to keep your dog indoors during celebrations. It is recommended that you do not take your dog with you outside during a fireworks display or into the yard or driveway when firecrackers of any sort are being used. If you need to take him outside, plan to do so before sundown, when it's less likely that fireworks are being used. The best place for your dog is to be indoors at home. Remember to close all the doors and windows to your home so that your dog will not hear the fireworks. Close the drapes or blinds in your home to block the flashes of light produced by the fireworks. Try to put on soothing music, such as a nature sounds, or classical music or radio station to distract your dog. This will also help to muffle any sounds of fireworks he might hear and to put him at ease.
Play with your dog. Distract your pooch with a favorite game that it enjoys playing, such as with a favourite ball or toy, or introduce a new toy or chew toy to him or her to divert his attention and keep him occupied. Give him some extra attention to ease his fears. If your pet has noise phobias throughout the year, or his phobia of fireworks is extreme, speak to your veterinarian. Some dogs are so scared by fireworks that they may run through glass windows or doors in an effort to escape, or may get outside past the yard and risk being hit by a car.
Last but not least, make sure your dog wears its identification tag at all times and that it's microchipped.
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