Festivals are around the corner, along with the fireworks. We all know that fireworks are enjoyed the most during this season by people, but for humans with dog/s it is nothing less than a nightmare. It is natural for dogs to be afraid of loud noises. They can get extremely nervous and can try to run away.
Keeping that in mind we started #FestiveFear hashtag on Twitter to educate humans and make firework celebrations less frightening for them. Below are a few tips to make festive fireworks less terrifying for your dog:
- During festival season, walk your dog during daylight hours as much as possible.
- Keep your dog indoors when fireworks are likely to be set off.
- Before the firework starts provide your doggy with a quiet area (doggy area). Choose one of the quietist rooms in your home.
- Close windows and black out the ‘doggy area’ to remove any problems caused by flashing lights.
- Music from a stereo or turning on the television can sooth your dog during fireworks. Just make sure that you don’t play it too loud.
- Give your dog toys, scratch pads, etc., to keep him pleased and distracted during fireworks.
- Make sure your dog is not left outside, even in a fenced yard, anytime when fireworks might be set off in the distance.
- Rather than cuddling a frightened dog, try & distract him from firework noises with physical activity such as playing ball.
- Try not to react to the fireworks yourself because your body language can tell a dog that there is a reason to be afraid.
- Make sure your dog’s identification on his collar is up-to-date.
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