“Remember, remember the fifth of November the gunpowder treason and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.”
This is the time of the year I dread the most! I see no reason why gunpowder treason needs to be remembered over the course of several weeks and not just one night anymore! If it was just the one night of the year and perhaps New Years Eve, then I think I might enjoy it more. However, we have a dog who is absolutely petrified of loud bangs and noises and its not fun when you are constantly trying to calm down a stressed out elderly Labrador.
We can take precautions to try and make this time of year less traumatic for our four legged friends and plan ahead. We need to keep our dogs safe and avoid negative incidents, such as a dog running away or acting aggressively out of fear.
What to do if your dog is stressed by fireworks
- Feed your dog earlier in the day as dogs who are anxious rarely want to eat.
- Stressed and anxious dogs pant more and will drink more, so make sure the water bowl is full.
- Pull the curtains, shut the windows.
- Turn up the radio or TV and try to distract your dog.
- If they decide to hide in a den or safe place, leave them where they feel happy and safe. Perhaps give them a piece of clothing that smells of you to help keep them calm and comfortable.
- Send your dog positive vibes by staying calm and using positive signals. Reward any calm behaviour from your dog with treats or toys. DO NOT ignore or shout at your dog as this will stress them more.
- Consult your vet before giving your dog any medication or remedies.
- NEVER leave your dog in a room on its own or attempt to get them to face their fears.
- If your dog has a severe phobia of loud noises consult with an experienced animal behaviourist prior to the evening.
- Stay calm for your dog and stay safe.
Bonfire Night tips for dog owners
- Walk your dog before dusk and keep them on a lead, even if you are just letting them out for a toilet break. There is always someone keen to get the display started early and you don’t want your dog to run off if it gets spooked.
- Make sure your dog is wearing collar and ID tag and that their microchip details are up to date – just in case.
- Check the local organised displays and ask the neighbours what they have planned for the evening.
Be prepared for any emergency situation with your own Paws at Polly’s Dog First Aid Kit. It comes with a range of quality first aid components that work alongside our guide booklet to help you through any situation.