Staff at Dogs Trust Newbury are appealing to local radio stations to play soothing songs to help cowering canines keep calm on bonfire night this evening (November 5).
Dogs Trust Nicki Rehoming Centre Manager Nicki Barrow said:
“Many dogs are worried by the loud bangs of fireworks and so terrified that we will be doing everything we can to ensure they relax and stay calm on fireworks night.
Playing music is a huge part of this so we are appealing to local radio stations to play anything and everything from slow songs to love ballads and classical compositions to help him feel at ease!"
Dogs Trust Head of Behaviour and Training, Lynn Barber said:
“November is potentially a worrying month for dogs as so many dogs are sensitive to sounds. They hear much higher frequencies than we do and the whizz, bang, pop of fireworks can be too much for them."
For more information contact Dogs Trust Newbury, telephone 0300 303 0292 or pop into the rehoming centre at Plumb’s Farm, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury, Berks, RG20 0HR.
Bonfire Night advice for dog owners from the Dogs Trust includes:
- walk your dog before dark and the start of fireworks
- feed them before fireworks start, due to the unsettling noise.
- ensure the house and garden are secure to prevent the dog escaping if startled
- provide a safe hiding place , perhaps under the table
- close the curtains and turn up the television, or radio volume, to drown out the fireworks sound
- do not punish a dog for reacting to fireworks, it intensifies their fear
- do not leave a dog alone in the house during the fireworks period, if the dog panics, it could result in injury
- keep the dog busy with games, or reward based training - unless it simply wants to hide away
- if the dog approaches you for comfort, stroke it very gently along flank and ears, for a calming effect
- never force a dog outside when fireworks are being let off.