Updated: Oct 20
It’s that time of year again; love it or loathe it, firework season is upon us! Social Media is awash with petitions to ban them, yet public displays have never been more popular. Whatever your stance, it's a fact that most dogs and wildlife in general will struggle with the noise.
My Beagle Alfred absolutely loathes fireworks, they send him into a tailspin of stress which on occasion has triggered his Epilepsy and he's ended up having a seizure. Needless to say, I'm not a big fan either so here's my top tips for getting through the unpredictable and seemingly constant flurry of bangs, squeals, and whirs.
Walks and the outdoors
There's every chance that a random firework will go off when you're out walking the dog; not even daytime can save you from that reality. A scared dog will very likely slip their collar or harness and bolt so make sure their ID tags and chip are up to date. Double check that harness and collar is well fitting, and your dog is on lead and wearing a tracking device. Ideally ditch the dusky evening walks if you can.
Sounds obvious, but make sure your garden is secure. A rogue firework whilst your dog is outside can mean they jump a fence, get stuck, or injure themselves. If there's any concern, put your dog on a lead or longline when outside.
Pull the blinds, draw the curtains, block off the outside world. It's absolutely ok to shut out the big no