Firework Season: How to Calm an Anxious Dog
As Bonfire Night approaches, many of us will feel excited about the upcoming festivities. But the chances are not everyone will be happy, including many dog owners. Fireworks can be a source of terror for our pets; so, you may be asking how to calm an anxious dog. There are certain things you can do before and during fireworks events to help relax your pets. Here is our guide on how to calm a stressed dog during fireworks season.
How to Calm an Anxious Dog Before the Fireworks Start
To find out how to calm a stressed dog before the fireworks start, try these tips:
- Your dog may try to run away if scared, so secure your house and garden so they cannot escape. Make sure they are microchipped too, so you can locate them in case they do get out.
- Take your dog for a walk before dark and well before the fireworks start. That way they will be rested before the event and you won’t be caught outdoors dealing with a frightened dog.
- Feed your dog well before the event, as your dog might feel too stressed to eat when the fireworks start.
- If possible, create a den for your dog to hide in so they can feel safe when the fireworks begin. You can even use old clothes or cushions to make a temporary one.
- If your dog becomes overly stressed during this period, speak to your vet to find out if there are any medications they can prescribe.
How to Calm a Stressed Dog During Fireworks
Once the fireworks begin, you can try these tips to learn how to calm an anxious dog:
- If your dog is OK with ambient noise, switch on your TV or play some music. This can help muffle the noise outside, but keep it at a reasonable level so as not to add to the stress your pet might be feeling.
- Keep your curtains closed so that your dog won’t see any bright flashes from the fireworks outside.
- Give your dog plenty of water as they will most likely drink more when feeling stressed.
- Stay with your dog and try to entertain them with games or tricks to help keep their mind off the festivities outside.
- Let your dog pace around and whine if they need to. If they chose to hide, leave them be. Offer them comfort and reassurance to help them relax.
Dog Day Care at Happi Days
Another option for how to calm an anxious dog is to bring them along to dog daycare during this period. While at Happi Days your dog will be well looked after with both indoor and outdoor play areas available, woodland walks, and hygienic hammock-style bedding. We recommend bringing your dog along before the fireworks season starts so they can feel more confident and less anxious about being separated. To find out more about our caring services, including dog boarding and daycare for dogs, please contact our friendly team today.