Dogs Trust issues advice for owners to help dogs cope with New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Health / Sat 30th Dec 2023 at 12:29pm
WITH many people planning to see in the New Year with fireworks, Dogs Trust Basildon is issuing advice to help owners prepare their pets who might be scared by the unexpected bangs and blasts of fireworks as the clock strikes midnight on December 31st.
Lisa Cooper, Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Basildon said:
“Fear of fireworks is worryingly common in dogs of all ages, and it can have a significant impact on their wellbeing and affect dogs at any time in their lives.
“There are lots of things dog owners can do to help make fireworks less stressful including having a clear plan, ahead of time, to help their dog cope. Dogs will respond to fireworks in different ways, some will want to find a cosy hiding place, whilst others will want reassurance. It is important to recognise the individual needs of your dog, letting them do what makes them feel most comfortable, if it is safe to do so.”
The charity urges owners to visit its website for full guidance on how to help dogs stay safe and settled during fireworks. The top tips include:
Lisa Cooper, Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Basildon adds:
“We recommend noting down how your dog reacted during the fireworks and what worked well to help them cope in preparation for the next firework event. We would also advise returning to a normal routine as quickly as possible following fireworks to help dogs settle down. If they were worried during fireworks, it is a good idea to seek professional help well before the next firework season starts.”
Dogs Trust recommends dog owners to seek veterinary advice for any concerns. They can check if there are any contributing medical problems, and if necessary, refer you to a clinical behaviourist. Read Dogs Trust’s advice on finding a qualified behaviourist
In some cases nothing works,i have had many dogs and all were different with fireworks,closing curtains and putting a radio on or turn tv up is a ridiculoys one tbh because nothing drowns the sound of fireworks. But lots of great advice and maybe some will work for some dogs.No doubt the fireworks will go on and on for weeks after.LOL.