Remember, remember the major offender

Bonfire night or Guy Fawkes night is a massive stress generator for our furry friends. This is when we often helplessly watch our scared, axious dogs and cats run around the house, tremble and whimper while the noises get louder and louder. So how to calm your dog, cat or other pet during bonfire night while keeping them safe? Top tips:

  • make sure there is some way to ID your pet in case it runs away; if you have an ID badge, check your phone no is on it
  • create a “safe area” for your pet – preferably in a room with no windows, so they can’t see the lightning flash and somewhere where the thunder sound is muffled
  • give them something to do, e.g. a kong filled with treats works well for dogs
  • walk your dog before the major firework time, so there is no need to leave the house
  • do not leave your pet alone! It is terrified and needs your comfort badly
  • do not give your pet cold treatment or get angry at it for acting “inappropriate”; as one fellow blogger quoted:
    “You wouldn’t wait for someone who was drowning to stop screaming before you pulled them out of the water.” (Debbie Jacobs, seen on paws4udogs.wordpress.com)
  • try calming methods: the music on this blog for example

DogsTrust – a UK dog welfare charity – has put together a nice video with some more interesting advice:

Hope you are able to minimise your pet’s anxiety and have a great Guy Fawkes night! Amongst us humans, who doesn’t love the fireworks after all?

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