|1st November 2016
Your Dog and Fireworks - Tips for the Firework Season
Below are some tips to help your dog during the firework season:
- Dog's need a bolt hole, somewhere they know to be safe, comfortable and quiet;create a den.
- Prepare treat releasing toys in advance, such as KONG's, so you are ready.
- Keep your TV and/or radio on with a slightly higher volume, to help block out the worrying noises/sounds.
- Walk your dog before dark and close any cat flaps.
- Close curtains/blinds to block out the bright flashes.
- Do not block off areas that your dog is used to accessing, they must have the option to go where they can feel safe.
- Offer comfort, you cannot reinforce any emotions your dog is feeling, but you can help to make them feel less anxious and in some cases, relaxed enough to settle and be happy in your company.
- Invest in a Thundershirt, super for helping to relieve anxieties.
- Scullcap & Valerian can work wonders, the right dose for the evening should help to achieve a relaxed state of mind.
- Valerian Compound is very beneficial and can be used as a 'top up' to Scullcap & Valerian.
- ADAPTIL Collars may help to work against worries, but it must be left on throughout the 4 weeks period to be effective.
Finding the right combination is important for each individual. All of the above used together may well be the answer, but do not be afraid to try all that you can, in a kind and positive manner, to ensure that your dog has the best possible chance of feeling less concerned.
Calming products will not work as stand alone options. Most dogs's will require something to keep them occupied, but it's also important to ensure that their interest in whatever you provide is evident prior to fireworks starting. So prepare in advance of the evening drawing in, set them up for success and such evenings should be that little bit easier for them to cope with.
For more tips, see the following article on our sister site, Your Dogs Needs: Your Dog and Fireworks.