How to reduce your dog’s anxiety during fireworks

Don’t let your dog’s anxiety go off with a bang, be prepared for the fireworks 2020 year! With no large social gatherings taking place due to COVID, back yard fireworks are going to more explosive than ever! I want to help all our furry friends across the UK. Dogs and fireworks No dog owner ever […]
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Hiding from the fireworks

Don’t let your dog’s anxiety go off with a bang, be prepared for the fireworks 2020 year! With no large social gatherings taking place due to COVID, back yard fireworks are going to more explosive than ever! I want to help all our furry friends across the UK.

Dogs and fireworks

No dog owner ever wants to see their dog anxious and stressed, especially over fireworks. It’s so sad to watch, and you feel entirely helpless. I know you feel the same, hence why you are here and trying to find a solution. Family dog Penny, who is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier dribbles, shake’s, and paces. If your dog shows these signs, It’s classed as severe anxiety, which can get worse over time if not appropriately treated. The emotional strain on your dog is too much! Extreme stress in dogs can take 4-8 weeks to resolve after trauma.

If I had my way, all fireworks would be banned. There are many petitions year after year and gathered thousands and thousands of signatures, but they still are allowed to go head in the UK. Plus, we all know that they don’t just go off on the 5th November, it can be throughout the whole month of November. At least New Year’s Eve fireworks are normally just the one night, usually at full blast.

So let’s jump right in and hopefully you can try the techniques and products to calm your dogs anxiety.

7 Basic calming techniques

Let’s have the mindset to complete these easy to do free tasks over the whole month of November. Don’t get caught out by the neighbour, setting them off on a random day.

  1. Keep all windows and doors closed from 7 pm onwards. If your dog hears even the slightest sound of a firework, it could start them off and prolong the time that they are anxious.
  2. Keep curtains and blinds closed from 7 pm onwards. If your dog gets sight of any firework’s in the distance, it will start them off. 
  3. Do not walk your dog passed 7 pm, if you have ever been outside with an anxious dog when fireworks have been set of, you to would know it doesn’t end well. If they are not on the lead, they could easy dart off, and on the dog lead, they can become uncontrollable. It’s much safer to walk your dog before 7 pm in November. Fireworks tend to be much more common from 7 pm onwards, but it does all depend on your village, town or city, please adjust the times if needed and be vigilant.
  4. Make sure before 7 pm they have been fed and watered, if possible and let out to the toilet several times. An anxious dog doesn’t generally eat so providing them food before will help comfort them.
  5. Turning the TV up, or putting music on can drown out some of the bangs.
  6. Try to comfort your dog within reason but don’t overdo it, or they can notice that something isn’t right and it can have the reverse effect, and make them more anxious.  Don’t tell your dog off; they haven’t done anything wrong. It’s an uncontrollable emotion.
  7. Create a safe place for your dog, for example, in a dog crate, leave the door open and cover with a blanket. Perhaps behind the sofa, or, a blanket over a table, also adding toys and treats in the den can help. A lasting dog chew would be a right choice or a dog puzzle toy that can keep them happy and entertained for longer periods. Allow your dog to hide and don’t make them move from there hiding place unless it is necessary.

Firework calming products

Comfort blanket

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Comfort blanket – perfect for fireworks

You can use a comfort blanket to wrap around your dog as you do with a baby it is called swaddling.

Buy comfort blankets from Monster Pets

Snood dog scarf

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Snood dog scarf helps with fireworks

Buy Happy Hoodie snood on amazon

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Snood over the ears help

Purchase a snood scarf covers the ears, made for dogs that go over their head and ears. It can reduce some of the noise and give them a bit of comfort as well.

Buy Ear Buddy on Amazon

Earmuffs

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Earmuffs the ultimate block for fireworks

These earmuffs specifically designed for dogs, however, they are very expensive, priced at £169.99, they do fit better with bigger dogs though.

Buy Mutt Muffs ear defenders on Amazon

Calming tablets

box of Dog Calming Tablets
Adaptil Express Dog Calming Tablets

Adaptil Express Calming tablets are a fast and straightforward way to calm your dog in stressful situations. They are made of natural ingredients and supports your dog during stressful times like fireworks. They provide fast and temporary relief.

Please make sure check with your vet before giving your dogs tablets, they are natural; however, you should also check yourself to see if it’s suitable for your specific dog. 

Buy Adaptil Express Calming tablets on Monster Pets

Calming Diffuser

Dog Calming Diffuser
Adaptil Dog Calming Diffuser

Adaptil Diffuser has the scent of appealing pheromones to dogs, which calms a dog. It is a natural product and proven to calm dogs during stressful times. Each diffuser lasts 30 days, with refills available also.

Buy Adaptil Diffuser from Monster Pets

Additional info

According to the RSPCA, up to 45% of dogs in the UK show signs of fear when they hear fireworks. So, your not alone.

At the age of 3 onwards, Dogs generally peak with their anxiety levels, so always be prepared and plan ahead.

It’s against the law to set fireworks off after 11 pm, but this curfew is extended to midnight on Bonfire Night.

If your dog is still overly stressed by fireworks after following our advice, you may want to consult your vet.

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Summary 

I hope that this can help your dog to be less scared of fireworks. It’s such a traumatic time for you and your dog. Good luck! Any success stories would be lovely to hear. 

About the Author

Teresa loves animals and travelling around the UK! She currently has two dogs and two cats. She loves caring for and sharing her knowledge of pets. Qualified Dog Groomer and currently studying Canine Behaviour. She has been part of the Dog Friendly Team since 2016

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