Buddies Bonfire Night Tips
Dogs seem to have varying tolerance levels when it comes to the noises and lights that bonfire night brings.
Some dogs are able to snooze through all the commotion, while other dogs are left in a state of panic.
In this blog, we share our top tips to ensure your fur-baby is as safe and as comfortable as possible during firework season.
Do your research-
Check local display times to ensure you’re not out walking or in the garden when they begin.
Check in with your neighbours too. With current lockdown rules, its likely that families will choose to celebrate at home this year.
Create a hideaway-
If you live in a city or town, there may be no avoiding fireworks, so try to create a safe place for your dog. Find a quiet corner of the house, away from windows, and place your dogs’ bed there, with a few toys and blankets
Prepare your pup-
In the run up to bonfire night, turn out the lights and play videos of fireworks on the TV. Start with the volume low and increase it gradually until your dog is comfortable with the sounds and flashes of light.
Get settled –
Try to plan a long walk for the afternoon, so that your dog has had their daily exercise and is suitably tired when the fireworks begin. You may want to schedule an early dinner too. Some dogs can refuse food when they are anxious, so an early meal ensures they have a full belly and are settled for the night.
Secure the house –
Close all doors and windows. Its not unusual for a dog to make a run for it when scared, so be sure all escape routes are secure.
Close the curtains –
Your dog may not be phased by the noises that come with bonfire night, but they may be reactive to the lights. Be sure to close the curtains and turn on the lights to minimise the impact.
Turn up the volume –
Leave the TV or radio on for your fur-baby. Perhaps even pop the washing machine on, as the white noise helps to drown out the bangs and whizzes from the fireworks.
Most dogs love to play and are easily distracted by new toys or puzzle games. Maybe have something new and exciting on hand as a distraction if needed.
Hopefully these tips will help make Bonfire night enjoyable for all of the family. Have any tips we have missed? Join the conversation over on our Facebook page to share your tips and pics.
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