If your dog is scared of fireworks or becomes scared at large gatherings, there is no need to stop the party right away – with a little time and attention, you can help him stay calm and happy through the evening. Whatever the occasion, here are a few tips to make sure your dog is having as much fun as you are!
Dogs and fireworks
Your dog may not like fireworks as much as you do – and who can blame them? Loud, sporadic noises that have no obvious source can be scary and confusing, especially when used to quiet.
If your dog is afraid of fireworks, however, there is no need to cancel your fireworks plans. Just follow a few tips to make your fireworks night, Diwali or New Year’s Eve go smoothly.
Before the fireworks
- Acclimate your dog to the sounds of fireworksIf your dog is afraid of loud noises, ask your veterinarian if they can recommend a pet behaviorist. Training and acclimatization, especially at a young age, can teach dogs that pony and rumble are nothing to worry about. You can also buy CDs to help your dog get used to loud noises.
- Keep your dog after darkTake your dog for a walk in the daylight and leave him indoors after dark. Even if you’re not throwing a fireworks party yourself, it might be your neighbors, which might come as a little surprise to your dog.
Animals that panic can easily run away and be lost or injured. So it’s also a good idea to make sure they’re microchipped just in case.
- Talk to your veterinarianIf your dog is afraid of fireworks and doesn’t change his behavior, let your veterinarian know that he is still showing signs of fear of loud noise. There are a number of different commercial solutions such as: B. Pheromone sprays your veterinarian can advise on if your dog is afraid of loud noises.
During the fireworks
- Be calm and reassuringYour dog takes her cues from you, her most trusted friend. Stay relaxed and calm and don’t make any more fuss than normal to your dog, even if he is acting desperately. If your dog is afraid of fireworks, try to reassure him that everything is fine. Continue as usual and you will soon start to follow your example.
- Muffle noisesIf your dog stays with you, keep the curtains and windows closed to calm the fireworks outside. Play music or turn on the TV to create a constant, identifiable sound that is used to mask rare, random bangs.
- Provide dog companyShared pain is half of the pain. If your friends have dogs that your dog can get along with, especially if they aren’t bothered by loud noises, ask them to visit.
Grooming Your Dog When Hosting a Party
Your dog will be happy and comfortable during the celebrations as long as you are well prepared. This way, you can both have a good time without worrying about each other!
Before the party
- Make sure they have a familiar and quiet place to escape.
Not all dogs are socialists; Some don’t really like company or crowd, even if they are well socialized. If you are grooming your dog during a party, make sure it is up to him to attend.
Prepare a quiet room in another part of the house with their favorite toys and beds so they can play or sleep as they like. A couple of weeks before your event, help your dog get used to this place and make sure he is comfortable by playing with him and rewarding him for responding positively. A dog with a safe haven will be less stressed.
- Mature themYour dog likes to go for a walk, but also to use up energy. Before the celebrations begin, take a long walk and make sure they’ve relieved themselves so they don’t have to go out too early.
- Think about how well your dog is socializedA well-socialized dog can happily be a part of your celebrations and enjoy the excitement of a crowd in their home as much as you can. If this is the case, introduce your dog to your friends when they arrive so your dog knows they don’t have to worry.
If you’re not sure how your dog will take your friends, don’t take any chances at a party: if he’s scared and runs away, or overly excited and jumping over people, things get a bit hectic. To avoid unnecessary stress to your dog and yourself, you may need to hire a dog sitter. Take a look at the dog directory [Link to Dog Directory page] for options.
- Decorate safelyYour dog may be tempted to chew on your lovely festive decorations, but unfortunately, they don’t taste as good as they look and can be very dangerous for your dog. Other Christmas hazards for pets included lights to have fun with, tasty-looking human chocolates and goodies – and even the Christmas tree is slightly toxic, as are holly and mistletoe.
As your dog gets used to all of these new distractions, the chances of him endangering himself are far less likely. Play with them on these new things and focus on favorite toys until they get used to them.
Keep decorations out of reach, avoid dangerous materials (like breakable glass balls), tape the wires in place, and make sure your dog knows the tree is not for them. Your dog probably won’t be on fire anyway, but watch out for wagging tails mixed in with candles and chimneys – not a good combination.
During the party
- eatMost dogs will enjoy the sudden influx of new people who can’t wait to feed them small treats like party food. As much as your dog enjoys this, it can be bad for him. An oversupply of abundant human food and scraps of food can cause vomiting or diarrhea, bones can be a choking hazard, and chocolate intended for human consumption is toxic and may even require an emergency medical visit.
Your dog may show her puppy eyes to guests, but you should ask them not to give in, no matter how cute your dog looks! Let them know in advance that your dog will have their own meal times, treats, and specific foods. Part of your dog’s charm is their personality and the tricks they use to get them extra treats. However, always remember that your dog’s health is the most important thing.
- OverstimulationIf your dog loves attention, he might be in luck – some of your party guests will almost certainly be making a fuss over him! Still, keep an eye on your dog while you play the perfect host and make sure it doesn’t all get too much.
If your dog is overly excited, he can enjoy half an hour in the quiet room you have prepared, which will help him calm down. If they are overwhelmed, help them use up their energy and ask an avid guest, close friend, or member of your family to take them for a short walk.
- The giftsPresents aren’t just exciting for you – most dogs are equally excited about the constant tearing of paper and the appearance of new things on birthdays or Christmas! Remember what you’ve just wrapped or unpacked in case it suddenly gets a few well-intentioned but unwanted tooth marks.
A good tactic during this time is to give your dog its own gift. A delicious chew, for example, will keep you busy while you unwrap your own goodies.
It is not advisable to take your dog to an outdoor festival or fireworks display unless they are always focused on you and your commands. Your dog needs to be able to pick up unexpected sounds and crowds. So when in doubt, play it safe and leave them at home. For added security, you may also want to hire a dog sitter to keep an eye on your pet while you party.
Reward for good behavior
If your dog is behaving well at your party while you are outside, doing a good heel, or even lying quietly in another part of the house while your guests are having fun, letting them know how good they were is important.
Treat them and waste them on praise and if they are in another room, stop by from time to time so they don’t feel abandoned. The greatest pleasure will be your company. You’re having a party so it’s only fair that you give them the time they need to enjoy themselves too!
Dogs and bonfire night
During Bonfire Night it is particularly important that your dog feels safe and secure. Bonfire Night is probably one of the loudest nights of the year, which could be a stressful experience for your dog.
In addition to taking the precautions mentioned above to help them remain calm and serene during the fireworks display, you should also consider the safety of the fire. If you take them for a walk after an event, watch out for debris such as charred pieces of wood. While they seem great for a “fetch” game, these sticks can splinter in your dog’s mouth and injure him or even get into his stomach. Instead, get a safe chew toy to throw in.
If you live near a place where there is a campfire, keep in mind that dogs are very sensitive to hearing. Even if there aren’t any fireworks, many people can be very noisy, which can annoy your dog. Dogs also have a good sense of smell and are very likely to pick up all smoke in the air. If they’re not used to it, it can also lead to stress.
During the celebrations, keep your dog indoors and keep your routine going, gently reassuring him that nothing is wrong. Dogs and Bonfire Night don’t always mix, but you can take a few precautions to ensure they stay calm, happy, and healthy.