In case you are not sure if your dog has a fear of loud noises, below is a list of Noise Fear signs
- Refusing to eat
- Trying to Run Away
- Soiling in the house
- Pacing and Panting
- Excessive Barking
- Covering and Hiding behind furniture
- Dogs can yawn (when they are not sleepy) and lick their nose and lips a lot.
- Cats can sit and over-groom themselves (this is where they focus on one particular area for a long time.)
Below are some Hints and Tips to help get through the Firework Season
- Provide your dog with a safe place. This could be somewhere that our dog tends to go to when feeling scared. For example, my two go to the bathroom as it is in the middle of the flat with no windows. I, therefore, put there a bed in there along with some water and kibble and a cosy blanket
- Before November, try something like Scallcap and Valerian tablets from Dorwest as they will help calm him
- Try and avoid going out after dark when the fireworks will be around.
- When out for walks, ensure your pet’s collar is tight enough (but not too tight) to prevent him or her slipping out if he/she is startled by loud noises/fireworks.
- If your dog does bolt for any reason, then he/she is likely to be hiding in the local area. If this is unsuccessful, then notify the local vets, pet shops, dog warden etc. Consider having your dog chipped *which will be the law in 2016) so that he can be returned quickly and safely.
- Close windows and curtains. Play some music to mask and muffle the sound of fireworks. Leave a light on, which will help dampen the fireworks flashing lights.
- Act normal – seeing you act normally and not show any signs of fear will help your dog feel more settled.
- Avoid leaving him on his own
- Never punish or fuss over your pet when it’s scared, as this will only make things worse in the long run.
Before the Firework Season
Before the firework season starts, why not build a den or some other place to feel safe (Missy has a den under my desk). The Den should be covered to help block out the light and sound of the fireworks and in a quiet place of the house.
The Den can be made out of almost anything, such as old cardboard covered with a blanket or two and a nice blanket inside. As frightened dogs tend to pant more, make sure that plenty of water is available.