You have plenty of time to get ready, so let’s get started on our plan for a quiet, calm and serene fireworks season for your dog on bonfire night!
If your pet experiences noise anxiety and gets scared when fireworks sound on bonfire night, these 8 tips on how to calm down your dog are for you.
1. Start the calming process with calming tablets for dogs
Now is the time to start administering Scullcap & Valerian Tablets on a daily basis, as this allows plenty of time to calm their nervous system and keep them stress-free. This natural calming product for dogs and cats are great for anxiety as they virtually have no side effects and are made using four active herbs; valerian root, scullcap, mistletoe and gentian. The tablets are a perfect, non-sedative solution for relaxing pets on bonfire night.
2. Safe place
Your pet needs to retreat to a place they can feel content and safe when it all gets loud and scary. A soundproofed crate with the door open is ideal, or simply a room where they are protected from noise and vibration. Pet them and play with them in there, too, so that it becomes a lovely place for them to rest and relax. They will choose to enter more often if you get it right, and will hide there when things get a bit much in future.
3. Keep the noise out
For another idea on how to keep your pet calm is to crease a quiet place ready for your pet on bonfire night to dull the sounds that will upset them. Use heavy curtains at windows and lay blankets along the bottom of doorways. If using a crate, you can place it on top of blankets to insulate from sound, as well as draping one over the top.
4.Create a 5 star den!
One safe-bet for calming your pet is treats! Make a den, and add goodies, chew toys and a water dish inside. Let your pet investigate gradually; never force them in, let them make it their perfect place where they want to spend time. Make sure you go there with them and pat and pay them attention too when they are in there so they don’t feel they are missing out.
5. Get them used to the noise (gently!)
Play the sounds of fireworks (available on CD or download online) quietly whilst your pet plays or eats dinner, to accustom them to the strange noises. Gradually increase the volume – over a few days or weeks – whilst your pet stays relaxed. This is important if you live in a quiet household or area.
6. Ask a professional
Talk to your Vet about help and advice for how to calm your pet with anxiety. We advise this is in severe cases of noise phobia as they can refer you to an Animal Behaviourist.
Check and update microchip details if necessary and ensure they have an ID tag on their collar to allow safe return, in case the worse happens and your dog get’s spooked and runs away.
8. Techniques for on the night
There are some great distraction games you can play with your dog. Have a read of our other blog which features some last minute tips from Karen Wild, a Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist!
If you want to discuss using Dorwest Herbs’ natural calming remedies for dogs with one of our experienced advisors, please get in touch on 01308 897272 or use our contact form. Plus, get free UK delivery on orders over £50.
Please remember, you should always consult a vet if you are concerned about your pet’s health.