Across Australia many cities and towns host fireworks displays to celebrate the New Year and Australia Day. Unfortunately, many dogs are scared of fireworks, which can put them at risk of hurting themselves or running away. Dogs are biologically programmed to run away from loud noises so we often hear of dogs jumping high fences and pulling off Houdini acts just because they’re in fear. Luckily, there are a lot of things you can do to help your furry friend feel more at ease during the festive season.
Here are my top tips
- Keep your dog inside during fireworks and preferably close by your side.
- Provide a comforting, safe space inside the house for your dog to hide. Small spaces feel safest so you might like to make a little fort with blankets or lay down some pillows in the laundry.
- Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise earlier so that they are not full of energy.
- Close the windows and curtains if there’s any view or smell of the fireworks. The flashing lights and smell of gunpowder will trigger all of your dog’s natural “flight” instincts.
- Leave your dog something fun to do, like an ice brick filled with frozen treats to retrieve throughout the night.
- Comfort wraps are on the market in many shapes, sizes and brands. These wraps apply even, comforting pressure around your dog’s body to help slow breathing and make them feel safer and more secure.
- Scent diffusers can be plugged into the wall which emit a calming, synthetic pheromone.
- For long-term results you should try Amy’s Soundproof Puppy Training app. The app includes lots of different sounds like fireworks, traffic and thunder which can be played over time to desensitise your dog to these scary noises. Amy is a genius trainer from Sydney, Australia.