Dogs Trust has issued advice to owners, ahead of the forthcoming firework season, on how to take care of their canine friends, with almost half of dog owners (49%) reporting that their dog’s wellbeing is affected by fireworks.
The UK’s largest dog welfare charity recommends that dog owners prepare early and suggests they stay in during events so that they can help their dogs cope during fireworks.
The charity urges owners to visit its website for full guidance on how to help dogs stay safe and settled during fireworks.
Rachel Casey, director of canine behaviour and research at Dogs Trust, said: “With Diwali, Halloween, and Bonfire Night approaching, it’s best to plan well before firework events start to ensure dogs cope as well as possible. Fear offireworks is worryingly common in dogs of all ages, and it can have a significant impact on their wellbeing.
“Dogs respond to fireworks in a range of different ways, so it’s crucial to have a clear plan, ahead of time, to help your own dog cope. Some dogs will want to find a cosy hiding place, others will want reassurance. If your dog doesn’t seem worried, it’s worth distracting them with a game or treats to keep their attention away from the noises outside.”