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Autumn is well and truly upon us. Halloween has come and gone and now it’s time for people to wrap up warm and celebrate Firework night. However, as fellow pet owners will know this can be a distressing time for our furry friends; especially our dogs. Ideally you should avoid leaving your pet alone on Firework night if possible, but thanks to Care.com this doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun! Care.com is a quick and easy to use online platform providing you with local, trustworthy pet care including dog walkers, groomers and (importantly) pet-sitters.
Getting an experienced dog-sitter in who knows your dog and exactly what to do to keep them calm, means you can still head out to a local display without feeling guilty about leaving your pooch behind. For those who aren´t in the happy situation to have a pet sitter to rely on and with whom your dog has familiarized already, family, friends or neighbours might also be an option for a couple hours.
My miniature dachshund Oscar and I have also noted down our top tips on how to keep your dog calm this Firework night, to ensure our furry friends have as calm a-night as possible. Put into practice to help keep your dog happy and relaxed despite the bangs and bright lights!
- Make sure you walk your dog during the daylight as the minute it gets dark the fireworks will inevitably begin! If you really can’t avoid walks in the dark make sure your dog is wearing a lead and collar with ID and up to date contact information; just in case they escape or bolt off for whatever reason, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
- Create a cosy space for your dog to relax, close the curtains and put their favourite blanket in their bed.
- Drown out the noise. Keep all doors and windows closed to help block out the sounds and turn on the TV or radio to provide a distraction from the bangs going off outside!
- Remember not to reward anxious behaviour, keeping treats to a minimum is a good idea. Anxiety can give some pooches an unsettled tummy and the last thing they will want to do is head out into the garden to do their business with the loud bangs and light flashes! Instead of overindulging in edible treats give them a new dog toy to distract them instead.
- Stay calm for both you and your pet; it can be easy to over-fuss an anxious dog. Keep in mind that shaking and excessive panting can be normal, common signs of anxiety in dogs. Oscar often shakes at unfamiliar sounds; he still does it when I switch the hoover on! It will be easier said than done but try and only pet your dog once they have stopped shaking otherwise this may reinforce unwanted behaviour.
Do you have any tips on how to keep your pets calm? Let me know in the comments. I hope you all have a fun, safe firework night and that these tips help relax your furry friend.