Firework season is the time of year that some many dog owners dread. It is so upsetting to see our faithful and loyal companions afraid, so we've put together some advice on how to keep your dog calm during, what can be, a very stressful time.
Firstly it is very important for you to remain calm, dogs feed off our anxiety so if you're stressed about them getting stressed, then the likelihood is that it will happen. Keep happy and upbeat, praising your dog if he responds positively. Turning the TV up to drown out the noise or playing fun and interactive games can also act as a distraction.
If your dog is an only dog consider getting one of their calmer friends around. Some dogs are noticeably more relaxed when they have another dog with them, but pick carefully, two frightened dogs could make matters worse and they've got to be completely comfortable with one another.
, which act like swaddling to comfort the dog, can be very effective for all types of anxiety. Recommended by many dog trainers and behaviourists they work by applying pressure, reassuring the dog that all is well.
Alternatively if your dog is very scared then try to provide them with a place to hide. If he has a cage allow him to go in there, and put covers over it to give a greater sense of security. If you don't have access to a cage you can create a makeshift hiding place with a large cardboard box.
Natural remedies can work be very effective such as the Pet Remedy Diffuser
which uses essential oils to promote the natural calming neurotransmitter GABA without sedating them. For some dogs however prescribed medication is necessary so if your dog gets very scared regardless of what you do, or becomes aggressive, then speak to your vet about your options.
Whatever route you go down try to walk your dog outside of peak firework times and if your dog is scared don't leave him to fend for himself as he could panic and hurt himself.