Fireworks advice in 2020
Fireworks displays in the UK this November are likely to be very different to previous years. With lockdown in place, public displays have been cancelled. However, although this may seem a relief for owners of nervous pets in fact sales of home fireworks have dramatically increased, some shops are reporting 600 – 900% increases. These DIY firework displays could bring the loud noises and flashing lights much closer to home as the fireworks are let off in neighbouring gardens.
Here are some tips on how to minimise the effects at home for your dog:
- Keep your dog inside for the evening, Try a good walk before it gets dark and final let out late in the evening when all the fireworks have stopped.
- If for any reason you and your dog have to leave the house after dark, then keep him/her on a secure lead and try to minimise the time exposed to the fireworks as much as possible.
- Give him or her somewhere to hide, not blocked in but a safe corner or covered crate where they can come and go as needed.
- Make sure the house is escape-proof and be extra vigilant around opening the door to make sure your dog stays in.
- Minimise the effects of the fireworks as much as possible. The television or radio can mask the noise. Drawing the curtains can reduce noise and lights as well, and distractions like chews or puzzle toys may keep your dog’s attention inside rather than on what is happening outside.
- Stay with your dog whilst the fireworks are going off, if your dog panics and tries to escape they could cause harm to themselves or destruction to the house.