Survive Fireworks Season
It’s nearly that time of year when fireworks go off, unexpected visitors pop by and there are events on almost every weekend! These times can be stressful for our furry friends so here are some tips to keep you and your hound safe this season.
Checking your local events page and keeping in touch with your neighbours for when planned events and displays will be held will help you prepare for the night beforehand.
- Their microchip is registered with up-to-date contact details
- They have a well fitted collar with a name tag/id information on
- They've been for a walk early in the day so they are relaxed and tired before fireworks start
If you’re a real go-getter, you could also try acclimatising your hound to fireworks or loud noises by playing those sounds through YouTube. Start quietly, slowly increasing the sound as time passes while rewarding them with good behaviour. This would need to be done regularly and well before fireworks season starts.
During the fireworks/events season
Keep an eye on your hound and their reaction towards fireworks and loud noises. Some seek comfort and require a cuddle to help them relax while others prefer to pace around, whine or to hide away in an enclosed dark space. These are all normal reactions, don’t worry! Don’t coax them out or disturb them. They’ll come out when they’re ready.
You can also:
- Set up a cozy 'safe space' indoors with fresh water
- Close windows & curtains to stop light flashes
- Turn on the tv or radio to mask the noise
- Play games - sometimes redirecting nervous energy into play, food puzzles or chews helps
Post fireworks/events season
Does your hound need extra support? Are they showing continued signs of stress, such as diarrhoea, urination in the house and reduced appetite, sometime after fireworks have finished? Speak to your vets. This could be another underlying cause of their anxiety.
- Consider getting in touch with a vet to rule out any underlying pain - there's a link between sound phobias & chronic pain.
- Consider getting in touch with a canine behaviour professional who can help you with a behaviour plan to prepare for future firework seasons.