dogs and fireworks

Dogs and Fireworks

Up to 50%of dogs may be affected by fear of fireworks.
Fireworks are the most common triggers to a fear response but other loud noises like gun bangs, vacuum cleaners and microwave pings can affect some dogs. See the following advice on how to help your dog cope with fireworks.

Signs your dog has a fear of fireworks

1.

trembling and shaking 

2.

clinging to owners

3.

barking excessively 

4.

cowering and hiding

5.

trying to run away

6.

soiling the house

7.

pacing and panting

8.

refusing to eat

After you have taken this test you will be provided with a full report on your dog's noise sensitivity.

Was your dog scared of fireworks last year? If so, now is a perfect time to get ready for firework season. Read more on dogs and fireworks tips.

Unsure how fearful your dog with fireworks is? The video below provides general advice for understanding why dogs have firework anxiety and how they become fearful of loud noises and what you can do to help them.  

 

Preparing your home for your dog and fireworks

The best way to prepare for fireworks is to think like a dog about fireworks. They feel scared as they are alarmed by the loud noises of the fireworks but do not understand that fireworks cannot harm them and feel safer when their home feels safe and secure. You can help your dog by preparing a ‘safe haven’ or a ‘dog den’. If your dog already has a hiding place then this space can be used making it as snug and secure for your dog as possible by adding blankets or bedding. If you are making your ‘dog den’ from scratch try to do this a few weeks in advance so that your dog knows it is a safe place when fireworks start. Plugging in an ADAPTIL diffuser or fitting an ADAPTIL collar will increase the security felt by your dog and help to create a calm environment.

Pheromone support

Pheromones are natural chemical ‘signals’, which are secreted by animals to communicate different types of messages to themselves or others. One pheromone dog’s use is called the ‘dog appeasing pheromone’ that a mother produces to reassure her puppies. This pheromone has been proven to not only reassure puppies, but also adult dogs in challenging situations such as fireworks night. ADAPTIL® is a synthetic copy of this pheromone and studies have shown its effectiveness in helping dogs with sound sensitivities. Plugging in an ADAPTIL diffuser or using an ADAPTIL collar early will help create a calm atmosphere in your home to help your dog with firework anxiety. 

On the night TOP TIPS

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Provide a den or hiding place for your pet

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Use an ADAPTIL® as close to the den or hiding place as possible, or where your pet spends most of its time

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Keep dogs inside during fireworks and check that their microchip is up to date

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Ensure windows, doors remain closed during firework season to both prevent pets escaping and reduce the noise

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Provide distractions, in the form of new toys and chews. Draw curtains and put the TV on to mask any noise

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DO NOT punish your pet! This will only make your pet more distressed

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Try not to leave your pets alone when fireworks are going off

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Continue to use ADAPTIL® until the party or fireworks season ends

Watch our video on how to build the perfect den for your dog!

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