Preparation in Advance
Prior to firework season, there are a few key things you can put in place to reduce levels of stress for you and your pet. Researching the dates, timings and locations of scheduled firework displays will ensure you can plan appropriately.
Creating a safe space or “den” can provide a real sense of security for your pet. Getting this ready in advance and rewarding them for spending time here can encourage your pet to feel at ease and comfortable in the den. Appropriate places for dogs may be in a large crate or in a quiet room with adequate space. Covering the den with a blanket can increase the feeling of security and the use of familiar toys and bedding provides both entertainment and comfort. Cats often feel safer at a height and covered cat beds can be a good way of providing hiding space. For owners of rabbits or guinea pigs that are housed outdoors, please consider partly covering hutches with blankets to avoid bright flashing lights and to dampen the sound.
For owners who may be considering getting a new puppy or kitten next year, prior to firework season, socialisation noise CD’s may be a useful tool to get them used to hearing the low level sound of fireworks from a young age.