Bonfire Night is one of the most spectacular nights of the year but the noise and flashing lights can be very stressful for your dog. Learn how to keep them safe and happy throughout the celebrations with our handy top 10 tips:

  1. Create a safe space for your dog to relax – somewhere where they can retreat to away from the noise

  2. Be on hand to provide comfort and reassurance – try to keep them as calm as possible

  3. Take walks in the day before it gets dark – this will be a quieter and less stressful for them

  4. Make your own noise – play their favourite music or have the TV on to distract them from the noise outside

  5. Close your windows and curtains – shut out the flashes and muffle the noise

  6. Talk to your neighbours and event venues in your area – ask them if they’re having fireworks so you can be prepared on the night they do

  7. Provide lots of drinking water – nervous dogs are likely to pant more and become thirsty

  8. Keep them in a secure room when answering the door – this means they won’t be able to suddenly escape out of the door

  9. Provide a long lasting tasty treat – treats like a filled Kong can keep them distracted and their mind busy

  10. Use relaxing aromas in your home – scents like Lavender and Chamomile can aid relaxation. There are also calming medications/remedies available that you can purchase through your vets. Always make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and seek advice from a vet before using any product