I can't believe that I can actually say it's Bonfire Night next month...how exciting! I'm not sure when it became one of my favourite celebrations in the year; I think it is something to do with the feeling of being wrapped up snugly, eating jacket potatoes which always seem to taste like the most amazing food and watching the bright fireworks light up the sky.
This year we will have just moved into our new house and will be celebrating with a firework party...I can't wait. We did this two years ago and it was a wonderful way of getting to know our neighbours and have some good old fashioned firework fun (can you tell I'm a teensy bit excited?!)
Of course one of the important things we will have to take into consideration is keeping Pepper safe and happy whilst all the firework and bonfire shenanigans are going on. Argos Pet Insurance recently got in touch and asked me to share my thoughts on how to best do this; as anyone with pets will tell you, they aren't particularly enamoured with the sounds of bonfire night, so here are ways in which you can help keep them safe and make sure they don't get too distressed this November:-
Keep them indoors
This should probably go without saying but ensure that your dog is securely indoors before dusk falls and those first firework sounds begin. This might mean ensuring they have been walked earlier in the day. Make sure you leave internal doors open so they don't feel trapped into one room and ensure your dog has somewhere to go where they feel secure, especially if you have people round the house and excitable children. All these changes can be quite distressing for animals. If you have guests round and they are coming in and out, be sure to remind them to keep doors closed so that your dog doesn't try and escape the sounds coming from around them.
Soundproof the house
Did you know you can actually buy special firework CD's to play to keep dogs calm? Nope, neither did I! Whilst you might find this an extreme measure, having some form of background noise to help block the sound out can help and this might be just the television or the radio. Draw curtains and try to soundproof your house as much as is feasibly possible.
Check Your Insurance
Although we don't like to think about anything bad happening to our beloved dogs, now is a good time to check that your dog insurance policy is in place and up to date. Should the worst happen and your dog escapes in a panic and becomes lost it is going to be an important thing to have. It's also a good time to make sure they are microchipped and wearing an ID tag with current contact information on.
Don't comfort them
It sounds strange, especially as this is our most natural reaction when we see an animal in distress but comforting a dog can actually reinforce the concept that fireworks and the associated bonfire night noises are actually something to be afraid of. The best thing you can do is ensure that you have done your best to prepare the house and give them somewhere they can retreat to and then behave calmly and normally.
Don't leave them alone
If you know that your dog becomes distressed on bonfire night then do your best to stay in with them. Of course this will be easy for us because we are having a party at home but I know many people like to go out to the larger displays. Perhaps plan it for another night or find someone who isn't interested in going out who could come and sit with your dog. It can compound their fears if they are left alone with loud and upsetting sounds continually going off around them.
Have you got any other tips for how to keep pets safe on Bonfire night? Do let me know!
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