Remember, remember the 5th of November… when the sky lights up, the bangs and booms of fireworks disturb your TV time, and your poor pets are driven to distraction by noise and flashing lights.
Yes folks, it’s Bonfire Night and whilst we all enjoy oohing and ahhing at pretty fireworks, spare a thought for pet owners who have to work extra hard to keep their little (or large) loves calm.
Here’s our quick guide on keeping your pooches and other pets safe and sound during the festivities.
Before the noisy night, create a safe space for your pups in the quietest part of your home. Set it up with their favourite toys and doggy bed. Throw in some treats and anything else they like, so they can retreat to the area if they feel frightened or the noise gets too much. (TIP: This is a great way to help dogs feel safe at other times, for example, if you’re out for an extended period or have many guests around.)
Keep them inside
Swap your evening walk for an earlier stroll to avoid being outdoors when fireworks are being let off. Also, restrict their time in the garden so you can be sure they’re safe and don’t bolt when the noise and lights get too intense.
Turn up the sound
Drown out external noises by filling your home with sounds your pets are already familiar with. Play some relaxing music or turn up EastEnders or Coronation Street to distract them from what’s going on outside.
Dark and cosy
Close the curtains, bring down the blinds and keep the atmosphere as relaxed as possible. You might not be able to block out the noise, but you will be able to reduce the flashing lights, hopefully reducing animal stress levels.
It’s hard to keep cats inside at the best of times, but on Bonfire Night, it’s imperative to encourage them to stay home. Create comfortable hiding places or put treats in strategic locations around the home, so they’re occupied and less likely to head out into the night.
If you’ve got outdoor pets, slightly cover their cages or pens so they can still look out but sounds and lights are muffled. Consider moving your pet indoors, but if that’s not possible, provide extra bedding so they can burrow themselves away.
I hope you all enjoy Bonfire Night. What are your tips for keeping your pets safe? Comment below.