With Guy Fawkes Night just a few weeks away many of us will be looking forward to watching firework displays, waving sparklers and warming ourselves around the Bonfire.
However, while November 5th may be great fun for adults and kids alike, there's one member of the family who may not find the celebrations quite so exciting.
Every year many families will find that their dog gets spooked by the sights and sounds of Bonfire Night, with the loud bangs and bright flashes of fireworks making some pooches nervous, and even causing them to be destructive.
In fact, according to Jez Rose, a canine behaviour specialist at The Behaviour Company, roughly 50 per cent of dogs have a fear or phobia of fireworks.
"It's largely to do with the fact they have very sensitive hearing," he says. "Dogs hear at an ultrasonic sound level, so the great big whizzing and bangs in the sky make a big difference."
However, there are certain things that you can do to keep your pup calm this Guy Fawkes Night and ensure that the experience is not too traumatic.
Firstly, it is important to keep your dog inside when firework displays are on nearby and to create a safe place for them with plenty of their own bedding and the television turned on if possible.
"You can also use classical music; it's been scientifically proven to reduce stress and anxiety in dogs," Jez adds. "Turn it up nice and loud so that the dogs are kept nice and calm and it helps to drown out the bangs as well."
The expert also points out that chewing can help to reduce anxiety and stress in canines, so a chew toy stuffed with premium dog food treats can also be a good idea for when the fireworks start.
But if you find that you're suffering really serious problems and your pooch becomes very destructive or aggressive when they hear loud bangs, it may be worth visiting your vet who can advise you on other products or ideas to keep your dog calm.
Written by: Hannah