Create a Safe Haven:
During Halloween celebrations, it is necessary to provide your dog with a secure and comforting space. Choose a suitable room in your home with your dog’s favourite toys where you can establish a cozy den for your dog to seek refuge before the fireworks begin.
Upon hearing the fireworks, increase the volume on the radio, close the windows, curtains and blinds in your dog’s safe room to help mask the sounds of the fireworks. If your dog exhibits anxiety and has trouble calming down, consider joining them in the room during this period. Providing companionship can make a significant difference for both your four-legged and two-legged family members.
Pre-emptively exercise Your Dog:
Make sure your dog receives an ample amount of exercise earlier in the day, before the Halloween fireworks kick off. It is advisable to exercise noise phobic dogs on the lead only during this period. But, if you’ve observed that your dog is anxious about loud noises, limit your walks in the days leading up to Halloween.
For dogs that experience mild anxiety, consider using products like Adaptil synthetic pheromone collars and diffusers, body wrap or thunder shirts. If your dog has previously experienced severe panic or noise sensitivity during the firework season, consult your veterinarian for prescription medication.
Even if your dog isn’t fearful of fireworks, it’s unwise to expose them unnecessarily. Avoid taking your dog outside during such celebrations. Many dogs initially tolerate fireworks but may develop a fear of them in subsequent years.
Young dogs can be prepared for Halloween celebrations by exposing them to various sounds in a positive context. Associating different sounds with enjoyable experiences can improve a dog’s ability to tolerate these sounds without fear.
By following these expert tips, you can help ensure a stress-free and enjoyable Halloween and New Year’s Eve for both you and your furry friends.