Remember, remember dog safety in November. Tips on how to keep them safe and stress free during Bonfire Night.
As the season for fireworks and Bonfire Night is upon us, people will be busy buying sparklers and fireworks but may forget about the traumatic effects the noisy evening can have on dogs and other pets. In the run up to 5th November, the Kennel Club is urging dog owners across the country not to ignore their four-legged friends. Loud bangs and flashes created by fireworks can be exciting for humans but very frightening for dogs, and owners will need to plan ahead to keep their dog safe. Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: "In the run up to Bonfire Night, try playing a sound CD with firework noises or firework sound videos on YouTube at a low level to let your dog get used to the sound in the background. On Bonfire Night itself it's best to close the curtains and turn the television or radio up and try to behave We have put together some steps that can be taken to minimise your dog's levels of stress: DO:
- Make a safe den for your dog to retreat to if he feels scared.
- Turn up the volume on your TV or radio to distract your dog.
- Try to act and behave as normal, as your dog will pick up on any odd behaviour. Remain calm, happy and cheerful as this will send positive signals to your dog.
- Make sure you shut all doors and windows and don't forget to draw the curtains. This will block out any scary flashes of light and reduce the noise level of fireworks.
- Keep a collar and ID tag on your dog, just in case they do accidentally escape.
- Take your dog to a firework display.
- Don’t let your dog outside while fireworks are being let off.
- Leave your dog on his own or in a separate room from you.
- Forget to top up the water bowl. Anxious dogs pant more and get thirsty.
- Tell your dog off! This will only make your pet more distressed. (Article source: The Kennel Club)
(Article source: The Kennel Club)