Bonfire Night Safety for Dogs
Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night or Fireworks Night, is a British tradition celebrated on November 5th. It commemorates the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605, in which a group of conspirators, including Guy Fawkes, attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament. The unpredictable noise, the flashing lights and surrounding excitement enveloped in darkness during what is usually a quiet and calm period of your dog's normal day can be disconcerting and damaging for dogs. While it's impossible to avoid the unpredictable and all firework celebrations from neighbours and local establishments, your dog can find a night or two's peace and quiet at K9 Anytime. If your dog struggles during the firework festivities, check them in for a country retreat this weekend.
Create a Safe Space: Set up a quiet, safe space in your home where your dog can retreat to if they become anxious. Make it comfortable with their favorite toys, blankets, and some soothing music or white noise to help drown out the fireworks.
Stay Indoors: Keep your dog indoors during the fireworks. Close all windows and curtains to help muffle the sound and reduce the flashes of light.
Stay Calm: Dogs can pick up on their owners' anxiety, so try to remain calm and relaxed. Reassure your dog with a soothing and comforting presence.
Distractions: Provide your dog with distractions like puzzle toys or treats to keep them occupied and focused on something other than the fireworks. Long lasting chews and treats from The Pantry are a great way to keep the engaged and interested on a task instead of focusing on what's going on outside.
Microchipping and ID Tags: Ensure that your dog is wearing a collar with updated ID tags, and if they are not already microchipped, consider doing so. This is a precaution in case your dog gets scared and runs away during fireworks.
Remember that every dog is different, and what works for one may not work for another. It's important to know your dog's specific needs and preferences and adjust your approach accordingly!