How to Keep Your Pet Calm During Firework Season
Firework season is upon us and for pup it's the most unpleasant time all year for them. We have compiled a list of tools to help take the edge off the stress it may cause for them. Be sure to limit the time your pet spends outside after dark. Stay safe, stay calm and enjoy the season!
Take your pet out for their walk before dark to reduce the risk of being startled by fireworks. Fireworks tend to start just after dusk so make sure you plan your route to give you enough time to get a walk complete and be home before dusk.
Create a safe space for your pet-pad it with cushions, blankets to help dampen the noise. Pets love the feeling of secure small places. If you have a crate at home, place blankets over the crate and pad it with cushions on the inside. If you don't have a crate, offer your sofa and give them plenty of blankets to curl up in. The idea here is to create noise barriers. Close all curtains and doors in the house too.
Calming music has been shown to help dogs relax. Play some calming music in the background during the day to help induce a sense of calmness before the fireworks begin.
If you dog does bark and become irritated or scared by the noises they hear, stay calm and relaxed. Bring your dogs back to a sense of calm as best you can. Offer them love, cuddles and attention. Give ear rubs and belly tickles to help soothe them.
Distract, distract, distract! Encourage playtime with your pet. Dogs are easily distracted, the trick is to distract them long enough they forget why they were barking in the first place! Give them their favourite treats. Offer their favourite chews and encourage them to play with you.
CBD oil is a wonderful remedy to calm nerves that can become startled by the loudness of the fireworks. Rescue remedy is also a good solution to supplement with. Offer these remedies before it gets dark and the fireworks begin.