Most dogs react negatively to loud noises and fireworks. And understandably so- everything at night normally looks, sounds and smells familiar. And then suddenly, there are loud bangs, flashes of light and strange aromas for no reason at all. Here are a few tips for keeping your pet secure during Diwali fireworks:

Most dogs are scared of fireworks
  • Make sure your pet always has a secure place to hide whenever they feel insecure. This could be under furniture etc. Make this place of comfort accessible to them. Pets feel great comfort in retiring to a familiar den which makes them feel safe.
  • Walk dogs as much as possible during the day, and keep them indoors at night during fireworks time.
  • At night- close windows and doors, and play soft music to muffle the sound of the fireworks.
  • Make sure your pet is always in a safe, secure environment. A lot of dogs tend to run away during this time of the year in fright. It’s always safer to have your pet micro-chipped or atleast have a tag with their name and your number engraved.
  • If your pet shows signs of fear- ignore that behaviour so that your pet realizes that there’s nothing really to worry about.
  • Consider feeding your dog slightly earlier in the day, so that if they do become stressed with the loud firework noises in the evening, their eating won’t be affected.
  • Don’t get angry or upset with your pet at this time. After all- they are experiencing a normal fear reaction, and getting upset with them will only stress them out more.
  • Distract your pet- with toys or the nicest chewy you can find!
  • Do note that a frightened pet can show signs of aggression- and so do not allow children and other pets to pester the frightened animal.
  • Try not to react to the sound of fireworks yourself. If you jump, shout or tense up when you hear fireworks- you may make your pet’s fear worse as your body language will convey that there is something to be afraid of.
  • Avoid leaving your pet alone. Remember that a frightened dog is not rational.
  • And remember- do provide some comfort and cuddles if your pet needs it!
Have a Happy and Safe Diwali :)