During this festive season, you know that Fireworks are going to occur often and they’ll be scary for your pet; especially for dogs on bonfire night. Don’t worry, there’s plenty you can do to help your dog’s anxiety and settle your pet.

Here are some last minute ideas on how to calm down your dog on the day:

1. Take your pet out for a long walk earlier in the daylight, long before fireworks start.

2. Help dog anxiety by giving them happy activities to tire and distract them. See our special videos below for fun ideas to keep their brain busy.

3. Stay with your pet, and act in a jolly but calm manner. You can reassure your pet that all is well by remaining happy!

4. Feed your pet earlier in the day and save tasty treats for the evening. This helps them form a positive association with firework sounds.

5. Keep the TV on, and add a radio playing in another room to mask sound.

6. Allow your pet to retreat to their den and let them enjoy the peace and safety of this cosy haven.

7. If it becomes too much, pop your pet in the car and drive to a quieter location, keeping the car warm and the radio on, of course!

Herbal remedies for dogs with anxiety

If you know that your dog is prone to noise phobia and anxiety during the fireworks season, try natural anxiety remedies for dogs such as our Dorwest Scullcap & Valerian Tablets for Dogs. These can be beneficial even at the last minute as these can be given as a ‘double dose’ 12 hours before and 2 hours before the event or fireworks display.

Our liquid supplement Valerian Compound is great to have on hand at the last minute and can be given alongside the Scullcap & Valerian Tablets.

Our Valerian Compound is a source of valerian for dogs, containing organic extracts of vervain 50%, valerian root 25% and mistletoe 25% which conform to the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia standards.

Because of the concentrated herbal extracts that are used in the Valerian Compound, it creates a noticeable change in pets’ behaviour within just 30 minutes, without causing drowsiness. The Valerian Compound is a short-lived remedy making it ideal for thunderstorms and fireworks.

Valerian Compound recommended dosage:

• Small dogs & cats 1/4 tsp.

• Medium dogs 1/2 tsp.

•Large Dogs 1 tsp.

• Giant breeds 1.5tsp. Given when required.

It is not recommended that more than two administrations of the stated amount are given in a 24-hour period.

As we all know there is nothing better than a bit of distraction to take your mind of something that may be worrying you – it’s the same for helping your dog with anxiety!

A mentally challenging game is a brilliant idea for dogs who have anxiety or nervousness as it not only distracts them but also mentally tires them out.  Below are a series of videos from Animal Behaviourist Karen Wild showing simple games to play with your dog that you can follow for ideas on how to calm down a dog. Some are for food-motivated dogs, some for the ball loving dogs and one that will appeal to all!

Karen Wild is a qualified dog training instructor and a Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist

If you want to discuss using Dorwest Herb’s 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.

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