Did you know that 40% of the UK’s dogs are afraid of fireworks? They might look pretty, but fireworks are a real trigger for nervous and anxious dogs. The loud noise and flashes of light can cause a noticeable change in behaviour, even for the most confident of dogs! You might find your dogs barking, whining and hiding behind the sofa, causing stress for both pet and owner. Thus, the lead up to bonfire night can be incredibly tough but, the good news is – there are a few ways you can support your pet. To help you care for your dog during firework season, we’re sharing some of our top tips! In the lead-up to fireworks, try and implement these tips… Head for a walk – let your dog relieve themselves before they’re in for the night. Take them out for a nice long walk before it gets dark, this will also wear them out a little bit too. Seal any cat flaps– it might sound simple but during fireworks, some dogs might be on the lookout for an escape. Even if it’s something they’ve never attempted before, you never know how animals will react when scared. Keep windows and doors shut – this will ensure any noise and flashes are kept to a minimum. Try a Calming Room Spray – there are certain sprays on the market that can help your pet relax. Feed them before the fireworks – otherwise you might find that your dog might not want to eat their dinner due to feeling anxious. Keep a fresh water supply topped up too. And when it comes to firework time… Keep your calm and carry on – if you start to act differently or become anxious yourself, your dog is bound to pick up on this so try to remain as normal as possible! Don’t tell your pup off – as this will only make matters worse. Reacting out of fear from a loud bang and bright flash is very common behaviour and telling your dog off will only increase their stress and make future events worse. Create a safe space – such as a makeshift den for your hound to escape to when they’re feeling scared. You can also fill this with their favourite toys and familiar smells such as a blanket or jumper. Try our Calming Soft Chews – dogs will love our delicious, calming soft chews! Not only are they a yummy treat, they include naturally calming ingredients to support stressed and anxious dogs. Reassure your dog – play with them and treat them, try to make them as comforted as possible during this stressful time. Turn the TV/radio on low – this will help to distract your dog from the loud noises. Don’t let fireworks ruin your winter, with a little preparation you can help to ensure your dog is feeling safer and calmer during these challenging months. Discover our full range of Calming Products for Dogs here. We hope you’ve found these tips useful. If you are looking for more advice, don’t forget all Broadreach members have access to free veterinary advice 24/7. If you have any questions about any of our products, you can also contact us by calling 01223 855857 or emailing us at email@example.com.