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Fireworks and Dogs

Many animals find fireworks scary. It's estimated that 45 percent of dogs in the UK show signs of fear when they hear fireworks. It doesn’t have to be that way though, so don’t ignore the problem. There are lots of simple things you can do to help your pet deal with fireworks. By preparing in advance before fireworks start your pet will be better able to cope with the noises.

just for cats l. Make sure your cat has somewhere to hide if they want to. For example this may be under some furniture or in a quiet corner. 2.Don’t try and tempt your cat out as this will cause them to become more stressed.

Don’t forget small animals If your pets live outside, partly cover cages, pens and aviaries with blankets so that one area is well sound-proofed. Make sure that your pets are still able to look out. Provide lots of extra bedding so your pets have something to burrow in. Consider bringing them indoors. This should be done gradually, so you will need to plan ahead.

Before the fireworks season starts, provide your dog with a doggy safe haven. This should be a quiet area so choose one of the quietest rooms in your home – it should be a place where they feel in control, so don’t interfere with your dog when they’re in that area. Train your dog to associate the area with positive experiences e.g. by leaving their favourite toys there but not imposing yourself at any time. Also, use a variety of chew toys, e.g. stuffed Kongs and chews and swap them regularly, putting them away when not in use so that your dog doesn’t become bored with them. With time dogs can learn that this place is safe and enjoyable. So when fireworks go off they may choose to go there because they know, in that place, no harm will come to them and so they are more able to cope. It is important that your dog has access to this doggy safe haven at all times – even when you’re not at home. when the fireworks start Close any windows and black out the ‘doggy play area’ to remove any extra problems caused by flashing lights. Each evening before the fireworks begin, move your dog to the play area and provide toys and other things that they enjoy. Make sure that there are things for you to do too so that your dog isn’t left alone. Ignore the firework noises yourself. Play with a toy to see if your dog wants to join in, but don’t force them to play Have your pets microchipped in case they do escape – by law, your dog should already be microchipped. During fireworks seasons, walk dogs during daylight hours and keep cats and dogs indoors when fireworks are likely to be set off. At nightfall, close windows and curtains and put on music to mask and muffle the sound of fireworks. Never punish your pets when they are scared as this will only make things worse in the long run.

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