It’s a known fact that dogs and fireworks don’t mix. With large firework displays cancelled because of Covid, I have a feeling that this year could potentially be worse than ever for fireworks randomly going off left, right and centre.
Getting Your Dog Prepared for Fireworks Season
Being prepared is crucial in order that your dog has as stress-free time as possible over the coming weeks.
Over the years I have spent a fortune on plugins and herbal remedies that made little or no difference.
However last year I nailed it, so I thought that I would share my top tips.
Dogs and Fireworks – My Top Tips for Staying Calm
1. Keep curtains and windows shut and turn the TV up to dull the sound from outside.
2. Last year I discovered pet-friendly wax melts and they worked an absolute treat. No uncontrollable shaking or panting, just a contented dog lying next to me, fast asleep on the sofa.
Needless to say, I have ordered my stash ready for this year. (Plus, they don’t costs a fortune at £9.95 for 15 melts)
3. Making sure your dog feels safe is also vital. Create a den for them, a puppy/ dog crate is ideal, or just a hiding place under the bed where they can escape.
4. Make sure they feel warm and cosy with a snuggly blanket. (These make the perfect Christmas present too!)
5. If your dog likes toys, these are a great distraction – and if you are looking for somewhere to store them, these adorable personalised toy bags are just the job.
6. If you have a doggy drying coat, wrapping that around them tightly also helps a lot and prevents them panicking so much.
7. Lastly, licking really helps to calm dogs. Filling a Kong toy with Liver Paste or cheese spread is a great way to keep them occupied.
Top Tip: Pop the Kong in the freezer for a while first and it keeps them entertained for even longer. Lickimats are a great option too.
I hope your furry friends have as stress-free time as possible this year. If you try any of my top tips, please let me know. I hope they help.
Woofs and Wags
Kate, Pops and Gertie