If your dog is afraid of fireworks, you will be familiar with fearful behaviours such as trembling and panting. Some dogs like hiding in small spaces, others prefer to keep close to you, and some may even run around barking.
Create a safe den – locate the den in a room where your dog likes to hide or spend time. Ideally, this should be away from external windows. Close the curtains and shut the windows to reduce the impact of the fireworks and cover the sides of the den with blankets to muffle sound.
Plug in a DAP (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) diffuser or use a DAP collar at least two weeks before the firework season. These release calming pheromones that are imperceptible to humans
Keep your dog on a lead during walks and ensure that the collar is well fitted. Avoid late afternoon and evening walks.
Follow your normal routine as closely as possible. Try to ignore the fireworks completely. Even over-acting being relaxed can make a dog more fearful!
Soothing your dog is not advisable as it can give the impression that there is something to be scared of and may even reward fearful behaviour. Your dog may also become dependent on you during stressful times, which will make him/her more scared when you are absent.
Do not punish fearful behaviour and try playing moderately loud music with a good beat to mask the firework sound.
Ensure that external doors and windows are securely closed to prevent escape.