In the run-up to Bonfire Night on November 5th, the Kennel Club is calling on dog owners to take the appropriate precautions to ensure their canine companions are not overlooked.
“In the run up to Bonfire Night, try playing a sound CD with firework noises at a low level to encourage your dog to get used to the sound in the background," said
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club secretary.
Owners are also advised to close their curtains, turn up the TV or radio and just to act as normally as possible in order to keep their dog calm.
Making a safe den for your pooch to retreat to if it feels scared may also be a smart way to ensure it feels safe, while pets with severe anxiety as a result of fireworks should be referred to the vet.
In addition, as the number of lost pets spikes significantly around this time of year, the Kennel Club suggests a collar and ID tag as well as microchipping will help your dog to be found again should it do a runner when the fireworks start exploding.