Don’t let your dog’s anxiety go off with a bang, be prepared!.
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 of November. It can be throughout the whole month of November. So at least New Year’s Eve fireworks are normally just one night, usually at full blast.
So let’s jump right in, and hopefully, you can try the techniques and products to calm your dog’s anxiety.
7 Basic Calming Techniques
Let’s have the mindset to complete these easy to do free tasks over the whole month of November. Please don’t get caught out by the neighbour, setting them off on a random day.
- 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.
- 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.
- Do not walk your dog past 7 pm. If you have ever been outside with an anxious dog when fireworks have been set, you 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. So 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 depends on your village, town or city. So please adjust the times if needed and be vigilant.
- 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.
- Turning the TV up or putting music on can drown out some of the bangs.
- 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. On the other hand, don’t tell your dog off; they haven’t done anything wrong. It’s an uncontrollable emotion.
- Create a safe place for your dog. For example, in a dog crate, leave the door open and cover it 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 the right choice or a dog puzzle toy to keep them happy and entertained for longer periods. Allow your dog to hide, and don’t make them move from their hiding place unless necessary.
Firework calming products
You can use a comfort blanket to wrap around your dog as you do with a baby. It is called swaddling.
Snood dog scarf
Purchase a snood scarf covering 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.
These earmuffs are specifically designed for dogs; however, they are costly, priced at £169.99. They do fit better with bigger dogs.
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. In addition, they provide fast and temporary relief.
Please make sure to 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.
Adaptil Diffuser has the scent of appealing pheromones to dogs, which calms a dog. It is a natural product and has proven to calm dogs during stressful times. Each diffuser lasts 30 days, with refills available also.
According to the RSPCA, up to 45% of dogs in the UK show signs of fear when they hear fireworks. So, you are not alone.
From the age of 3 onwards, Dogs generally peak with their anxiety levels, so always be prepared and plan.
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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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 has been a pet lover since she was little. She currently lives with two dogs and two cats, and a hamster. Teresa is a qualified dog groomer and canine behaviourist; these days, she spends her time studying canine nutrition. Teresa is the founder of the Dog Friendly Scene and loves sharing her knowledge on pets.