Tips for a Fear Free Fireworks Season

Do you have a petrified pooch or fearful feline when it comes to fireworks season? If so, take a look at our handy Firework Fear tips below -

 

Dogs

About two weeks before the event, prepare a refuge area for your dog to go to during the fireworks – choose one of the quieter rooms or a room they use to rest and relax. Encourage your dog to use it by hiding food treats or playing games with your dog in there. Plug an Adaptil diffuser in the room and leave it switched on at all times. Adaptil contains a synthetic canine appeasing pheromone that is produced naturally by a lactating bitch to comfort her puppies and help them cope with new stimuli and environments. The use of Adaptil can benefit dogs of all ages throughout life. Adaptil comes in various forms - diffusers, sprays and collars. They can be used alone or as a combination. The effects of both the diffuser and the collar last around 4 weeks and are suitable for helping dogs cope with events inside the home.

At nightfall, close all windows and curtains and put on some music/the tv to drown out the sound of the fireworks.

Scaredy Dog

Make sure your dog is kept in a safe and secure environment at all times so that they can’t escape in response to any sudden noises. Ensure your pet is microchipped as it will improve the chances of a safe return should they manage to escape.

Ignore any fearful behaviour as fussing a pet that appears frightened can reinforce and encourage the behaviour. Try to engage your pet in some form of active game.

Do not punish your dog if they appear frightened – this will only confirm there is something to be afraid of!

Over the firework period, exercise your dog during daylight hours – never walk them when fireworks are being set off.

In the long run, your dog needs to learn to be less afraid of loud noises. Desensitise your dog for a more stress free firework season. Sounds Scary CD products are available to support treatment techniques that are proven to reduce sound phobias in dogs. The CD is initially played at a very quiet level and over a suitable length of time the volume is increased as the dog becomes more comfortable and desensitised to the stimuli.

 

Cats 

About two weeks before the event, plug a Feliway diffuser into the room your cat uses to rest.

scaredy cat

Maintain a Feliway diffuser throughout the whole period. Leave the diffuser plugged in for at least one week after the event. Each Feliway diffuser lasts around 4 weeks.

Feliway contains a synthetic feline facial pheromone which cats deposit onto objects in their environment when they feel safe and secure. In the context of fireworks, Feliway is used to increase the sense of familiarity and security of the home environment, reducing the cat’s fearful reactions to loud noises.

At nightfall, close all windows and curtains and put on some music/the tv to drown out the fireworks.

Keep your cat indoors when fireworks are likely to be set off. Remember to lock the cat flap once they are inside. Provide a litter tray. Ensure your pet is microchipped – it will improve the chances of a safe return should they manage to escape.

Ignore any fearful behaviour as fussing a pet that appears frightened can reinforce and encourage the behaviour. Make sure they have somewhere to hide if they want to e.g. under or on top of furniture or inside a cupboard. If your cat chooses to hide, leave them alone until they feel safe enough to emerge.

 

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Small Furries

If you have small animals living outside, e.g. rabbits, guinea pigs, partly cover cages/pens with blankets so that one area is well sound proofed. Make sure your pet is still able to look out. If possible, bring your pets indoors.

Provide plenty of extra bedding so that they have something to burrow in.

   

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