Dogs Trust Keniilworth issue guidance ahead of firework night - The Leamington Observer

Dogs Trust Keniilworth issue guidance ahead of firework night

Philippa Mingins 1st Nov, 2023 Updated: 3rd Nov, 2023   0

A DOG rehoming centre in south Warwickshire is offering advice ahead of fireworks night.

Dogs Trust Kenilworth has issued advice to owners on how to take care of their canine friends as a recent survey revealed that one in three owners are looking to seek advice around firework-related behaviour.

A new study by experts at the University of Salford has also revealed that dogs are sensitive to a greater range of firework noise sound than first thought, confirming it’s best to keep dogs indoors during fireworks to limit distress.

Manager Emma-Jane Thomas said: “Fear of fireworks is worryingly common in dogs of all ages, and it can have a significant impact on their wellbeing and affect dogs at any time in their lives.

“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 does seem worried, it’s worth distracting them with a game or treats to keep their attention away from the noises outside. Owners can visit the Dogs Trust website for top tips on what to do when fireworks have started.”

Top tips on days when owners expect fireworks include owners should stay in with their dog. Dogs may panic if left alone, so having their owner or someone they know and trust for company will help them relax.

Don’t go out after dark. Make sure dogs are cosy inside and settled well before any fireworks start.

They should have a safe space or ‘den’ to retreat to if they choose. Never force a dog outside during fireworks.

And if a dog has shown signs of fear towards fireworks, reach out to a vet for advice, and give the dog any prescribed medication before fireworks start, it might be that vets can prescribe last minute medication to help s dog cope, if necessary.

Owners should also check that their house and garden are escape-proof. Dogs could try to run away if they’re scared so check doors, windows and fences are secure.

Dogs Trust tips for when the fireworks events have started include closing curtains, turning on the lights and turning on the television or some music to help block out the outside noise.

Recognise the needs of the individual dog and let them choose if they want to hide.

Check on the dog regularly to make sure they are coping. Give them comfort if they are seeking reassurance; leave them if they choose to hide in their ‘den’.

And try and stay calm and relaxed yourself.Find more information visit


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