Tips about building a den for fireworks season – from Emma Brown – our own registered veterinary behaviourist
When faced with something they fear, especially fireworks, many dogs will try to hide.
You can help your dog by providing them with a safe refuge.
- Start to prepare early for fireworks season
- Prepare the safe area well before you expect to need it so that your dog has time to get used to using it.
- Unless your dog already has a bad association with crates you can use one to form your refuge.
- Choose the location carefully. If your dog is frightened of loud noises try to choose a quiet place. Do not put the crate in an area your dog has made a negative association with.
- Cover the crate with blankets to further help insulate it from sounds and flashes from lightening or fireworks.
- Put in blankets for your dog to dig and burrow in if they wish.
- You might want to add an item of your clothing so that they have your familiar scent in their crate.
- Encourage your dog to use this new safe area. Hide tasty food treats inside for them to find and try feeding them in the crate
- Having a television or music system in the room allows you to put on background noise to mask loud noises such as fireworks.
- Installing a pheromone adapter nearby to release dog-appeasing pheromones may help.
- Once you have created the safe area it must be accessible at all times.
- You can add in a thunder shirt to wear as well
Click on here for more top tips for all your pets this firework season
Check out the PDSA too for help – http://bit.ly/PDSAFireworks
If you would like any further advice on helping your pet cope with their fears please contact any of the Kernow Team. Emma Brown, our registered veterinary behaviourist is also available for appointments at our Harleigh surgery.