How to look after your furry friends during firework season

Dogs Trust has urged owners to keep care of their pooches as Bonfire Night is upon us, which can be an overwhelming experience for a dog.

A dog’s hearing is four times more sensitive than a human’s – therefore a single firework can be very distressing for them.

Each dog has its own way of coping with anxiety, and therefore will respond to a firework’s bang differently – some will want to find a safe space, some will need constant reassurance, whilst others may act out by barking. 

There are many things as an owner you can do to make bonfire night less stressful for your pooch.

Adapt your dog’s routine

Dogs Trust advises owners to adapt your dog’s routine gradually in the weeks leading up to Bonfire Night, such as walking your dog earlier to avoid fireworks in the evening.

If your dog seems overly anxious at this time of the year then it is advised to seek veterinary advice to see how best to support your dog.

Be there for them 

It is a good idea for your dog not to be left alone whilst there are fireworks going off close to your home.

Make yourself aware of local firework displays taking place close to your home to ensure that you can prepare your dog by offering reassurance and distractions.

Make sure to make the home comfortable by closing the curtains and turning on the television to block out firework noise with sound that is more familiar.

A safe space

As each dog handles their emotions differently, it is therefore down to the owner to recognise their needs.

Some dogs may seem fine on the surface but could show small signs of anxiety – these could be pacing around or toileting in the house – even lip biting can be a sign.

Create a safe space in the house where the dog can retreat to at their time of need – this can be a crate. 

Distractions in the safe space can also be helpful to keep your dog’s anxiety at bay, including having their favourite toy on hand or some treats.

Monitor your pooch

As Bonfire Night is an annual event it is a good idea to note down how your dog has reacted to fireworks in the past, so you can be better prepared to support them in the future.

There are herbal remedies on offer in pet shops that can also be useful for some dogs of nervous nature around this time of the year.


If you have welcomed a new puppy into your home recently there are sound therapies that can be used to familiarise your puppy with different noises that may occur so the firework noises can be perceived as normal.

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