DOGS Trust Kenilworth is offering fireworks advice to dog owners as private garden displays are set to rise due to coronavirus.
Many public displays are to be cancelled this year because of covid 19, and the charity has released its top tips to owners to help their dogs cope.
It is urging owners to take preventative measures to prepare their dogs for fireworks.
Dogs Trust Kenilworth manager Emma-Jane Thomas said: “For many dogs and their owners, firework season is always one they dread. But this year, dog owners are faced with the added worry more fireworks will be set off in the local neighbourhood due to large scale gatherings being cancelled.
“Dogs have approximately four times more sensitive hearing than humans, so the loud cracks and bangs of fireworks can often be a terrifying experience for them. Fireworks also tend to be sudden, unpredictable and bright. This combination can be distressing and have a lasting impact on dogs.
“There are lots of things dog owners can do to help make fireworks less stressful for their dogs. Simple steps such as providing safe spaces for them to hide or settling them before the fireworks start can make a big difference.
“We would also urge anyone thinking of putting on their own fireworks display to consider the welfare of their four-legged friends and others in the neighbourhood by following our Firework Dog Code.”
Dog owners are advised to walk their dogs before dark and ensure they have been to the toilet, feed their dogs before fireworks begin, make sure the house and garden are secure, try to settle their dogs before fireworks begin and provide a safe hiding place.
The charity is also urging those holding private displays to let their neighbours know in advance, limit displays to 30 minutes and opt for low decibel fireworks.
Visit www.dogstrust.org.uk/fireworks for more information.