If so, it's important to start putting some desensitisation training in place so that by the time fireworks season comes round your dog can be calmer and less stressed.
Why do dogs fear fireworks?
Acute Hearing which causes physical discomfort
Sound Sensitivity due to lack of exposure
Lack of confidence
Previous traumatic experience
Life changes such as house moves or a new baby
Old age or pain ...or you may never know!
How to spot the early signs your dog is stressed
More clingier than normal
Do the prep work - ideally in the month's before!
Start pairing the sound of fireworks (via your laptop/ phone/ TV) with something nice like food or their favourite game in the month’s leading up to fireworks season.
Play firework sounds quietly at first whilst they‘re eating their meals increasing the sound over time.
Have diversions ready such as a kong, snuffle or licky mat
Add some carbs such as pasta or rice to your dog’s meals leading up to and on fireworks night
If your dog is particularly bad speak to your vet about herbal supplements, essential oils and medication options
Out and about
Don't walk your dog after dark - this includes letting us into the garden
Attach a hi-vis or flashing collar so they can be seen if they escape
Keep your dog on lead at this time of year when walking around dusk/ in the evening
If you're out walking and the fireworks start.... head home!
If necessary, and safe to do so, carry your dog home
Consider letting your dog sleep in your room so you can reassure and monitor them
Don't leave them alone, be there to comfort
Create a den for them to retreat to
Close curtains and put music or the TV on
To always offer lots of reassurance to your dog if they want it.
You cannot reinforce fear with affection. Be a confident and calming support for them.