7 tips to protect your dog from fireworks

27 Oct, 2023

7 tips to protect your dog from fireworks

Tips to protect your dog

  1. Dogs do not like fireworks, so ensure to get plenty of exercise before dark – ideally during school hours or at mealtimes. This will minimise the exposure and tire the dog so that they will be more relaxed and more likely to sleep through the evening.

  2. After dark dogs should be kept indoors as much as possible.

  3. Confine pets to the general living areas rather than quieter areas such as hallways or bedrooms.

  4. Leave the radio and TV on to drown out some of the external noises. Pull your curtains to help reduce visual exposure to fireworks.

  5. If your dog is showing fearful behaviour remain relaxed. Breathe deeply and calmly around them and do not be afraid to comfort and reassure them. Doing so will not reinforce fear as it is an emotion not a behaviour.

  6. If a dog is particularly stressed, we recommend treating them with natural remedies available from vets and pharmacies.

  7. Remember, no tricks and no treats for your dog. Chocolate is not safe for your pet so do not share any with the dogs.

    If you are concerned about fireworks being set off in your area, you can report it to the An Garda Siochana by phoning your local Garda Station or by calling the An Garda confidential line on 1800 666 111.

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