Early Walks - You might get into this habit as the nights are getting longer and it’s getting darker earlier, but on Bonfire night it’s a good ide to get your pup walkies in before all the noises and bangs are going to occur. Doing this makes sure there is less chance of fireworks going off and scaring them when they’re exploring outside. A nice long walk will also ensure they’re calmer in the evening.
It’s also a good idea to try feeding them earlier in the evening, as once the fireworks start, they could get too anxious to eat. Think about adjusting their meal schedule a bit so they can have their last bowl of the day before it gets dark.
Keep Them Indoors - This sounds like an obvious one, but we’ve come across people urging owners to keep their pup outdoors in order for them to “get used” to the banging and flashes of fireworks. THIS IS A BAD IDEA! This is a sure fire way to absolutely terrify your dog and maybe even result in them developing behavioural and emotional problems.
Once the fireworks start, make sure your pup is indoors, safe and away from any open windows or doors. The curfew for fireworks being let off in the UK is 11pm but on Bonfire Night it’s extended to Midnight, so ensure your pup has done their outdoor toileting in good time!
Make Them a Den – To make them feel extra safe, secure and drown out as much sound as possible, you can make your pooch a safe little den. Some dogs have preferred places they go to hill out or hide when a bit nervous. If it’s under a table, drape a blanket or two on top and underneath. This will keep them cosy but also help muffle the sounds from outside.
If you’re going to be out during the evening on Bonfire night it might be a good idea to put your dog in a room in the centre of the house, with all their creature comfort to keep them entertained, distracted and comfortable whilst on their wone. This includes food, water, toys and a bed. Ensure the windows and doors are shut, and to further muffle the fireworks, close the curtains.
Relax Your Dog – There’s a reason we’re mostly used during holidays that include fireworks. Our content use spikes during Bonfire night, 4th July and New Years Eve. Our music is specially created to help dogs stay calm during stressful times, low moods and loneliness. Even if you’re in with your dog during the festivities, pop on one of our many tracks, playlists or Dog TV episodes to relax and entertain your pup on one the most stressful night of their year!
We have playlists specifically for fireworks, different breeds and ages of dogs – give a few try and find which one relaxes your pup the most! If you take a video or photo of your dog relaxing to our content, please feel free to tag us in all social media so we can share it too!
Up-to-Date ID and Chip info! - This unfortunately is a very important point to remember. With all the noises, flashes and increased people, your dog might become a bit of a flight risk. It only takes one firework to spook your pup and they may bolt for an open door! If they do, it’s so very important that their microchip and IDD tag information is up-to-date. This ensures that when they’re found they can be brought home to you as safe and as quickly as possible. It’s a hard situation to think but unfortunately a necessary one.
Don’t Take Them to Firework Displays – This should be one that goes without saying, but the idea of a family outing – dog included – to a fun evening of festivities might be a little tempting to some. This is NOT a good idea. Do not take your dog to a fireworks display. Even if you pup is deaf, the flashes and bonfire might be just a frightening to them as the bangs and increased noise.
If you want to go to a fireworks display with your family, take the above advice and leave them somewhere safe in the home or, even better, with a trusted family member or friend.
You don’t want to risk your dog getting away from you, running away or towards the fireworks or eating something they find on the floor. Leave them at home.