Walk in the morning when there is less chance of fireworks going off and keep your dog on lead. Many dogs go missing at this time of year after getting spooked by unexpected fireworks even during the day, so it’s just not worth the risk. Alternatively you can skip the walk altogether, one day in the house isn’t going to kill them. It’s a great opportunity to do enrichment activities or brush up on your training to tire them out mentally instead.
If you know your dog is worried by fireworks or its their first Bonfire night get prepared just in case. Have a cosy den ready such as a crate or coffee table covered with a thick blanket. You can add some extra carbs to your dogs evening meal such as potato or rice, this will fill them up and make them sleepy, helping them stay relaxed during the evening. Have some Kongs, Lickimats or chews to the ready, chewing and licking helps to make it a positive experience as they release endorphins, making your dog feel happy and comforted.
The chances are random, loud bangs and flashing lights are going to increase your dogs arousal, so make the most of it. Rather than waiting for your dog to decide if it’s going to be a good or bad experience, take control and make it a positive one! Play tuggy and chasy games, or if your dog prefers food make it animated and fun by bowling it across the floor. Start playing when you hear fireworks and continue until after they end for maximum effect.
Dogs ears are much more sensitive than ours, they will be able to hear fireworks that you can’t!