Halstead Dog Obedience Club

                             Firework Safety

At this time of year, with Bonfire night, Christmas and New Year looming, there are likely to be many firework displays in the local area, both large scale and much smaller.

At these times, great care should be taken that your dogs do not suffer unnecessary stress.  A few simple precautions that can be taken are listed below.

         

          (Information taken from The Blue Cross leaflet entitled 'Fireworks and Animals').

  • Always keep dogs inside when fireworks are being let off.  Make sure your dog is walked earlier in the day before the fireworks start;
  • Close all windows and doors to keep noise to a minimum.  Draw the curtains, and if the animals are used to the sounds of TV or radio, switch them on in order to block out some of the noise of the fireworks;
  • Ensure your dog is wearing some form of easily readable identification - even in the house.  They should have at least a collar and a tag. If they do run away, they have a better chance of being quickly reunited with you;
  • Prepare a 'den' for your pet where it can feel safe and comfortable - perhaps with some of your old clothes.  It may like to hide there when the fireworks start;
  • Try not to cuddle and comfort distressed pets as they will think you are worried too, and this may make the problem worse.  Instead stay relaxed, act normally and praise calm behaviour;
  • Avoid leaving your pet alone during such potentially upsetting events.  If you have to leave the house, don't get angry with your pet if it has been destructive.  Shouting at a frightened pet will only make it more stressed;
  • Don't tie your dog up outside (eg outside a shop) while fireworks are being let off, or leave it in the garden or car;
  • NEVER take your dog to a firework display.  Even if it doesn't bark or whimper at the noise, it doesn't mean it is happy.  Excessive panting or yawning can sometimes indicate that your dog is stressed.

 

For more information and for current guidelines, visit www.berr.gov.uk/fireworks