If your dog is scared of fireworks, you're not alone. Many dogs are afraid of the loud noises that fireworks make. But there are things you can do to help your dog through it.
Why fireworks scare some dogs
Dogs are sensitive to sound, and the loud bangs of fireworks can be very scary for them. Some dogs may even try to run away from the noise. If you know your dog is afraid of fireworks, there are things you can do to help them through it.
Tips on what you can do to help your dog through the bangs and pops of fireworks
Some tips that may help your dog feel more comfortable during fireworks include:
- Providing a safe space for your dog to stay in, such as a crate or room where they feel comfortable
- Putting on some calming music or white noise to help muffle the sound of the fireworks
- Giving your dog a calming treat (Nature's Harvest Chill Out Treats are ideal) or a favourite toy to keep them occupied and distracted from the noise
- Staying with your dog and providing reassurance and calm energy
- Staying calm yourself so that your dog knows not to be afraid
- Making sure your dog is wearing their ID tags in case they happen to run away from the noise
- Speaking to your vet about anti-anxiety medication that can help them through this stressful time.
Some dogs may feel anxious or scared when they hear the loud noises that fireworks make. While this is perfectly normal, there are many things you can do to make them feel better. Try to stay calm yourself. Dogs can sense when their humans are stressed, so remaining calm will help your dog feel more at ease. Secondly, create a safe space for your dog to retreat to if they feel scared or overwhelmed. This could be a quiet room in your house where they can go to feel safe. Finally, provide them with some calming aids such as their favourite toy or blanket or a Nature's Harvest Chill Out treat.
However your dog feels about fireworks, take your lead from your dog, remain calm yourself and stay safe when lighting fireworks!