Keep your Pets Calm around Fireworks

Follow our tips to keep your pets happy and relaxed around fireworks.

Follow our tips to keep your pets happy and relaxed around fireworks.

If you are travelling to France at the same time as any national or local festival, such as New Year’s Eve, Bastille Day in July or Beaujolais Nouveau day, in November, you may get the chance to see some fireworks! This is great news for you, but maybe not so much for your pets. So what can you do to help keep them calm and happy during a firework display?

If you suddenly hear a loud noise, it naturally startles you. But, you are also able to quickly realise where the noise is coming from, and be reassured. With a pet, they can’t do that, and during a firework show when it’s bang after bang, they could become really nervous.

But not to worry! You don’t have to avoid travelling during festival periods, or feel you have to move to somewhere in the middle of nowhere to avoid any chance of being near a firework display. There are plenty of things you can do to keep your pet calm during the loud bangs.

With these tips, your pet won’t be bothered by fireworks at all!
With these tips, your pet won’t be bothered by fireworks at all!

It might seem strange, but don’t reassure them

When your pet seems nervous or worried, it’s only natural that you would want to reassure and cuddle them. But if you add this love and affection to the continuous loud noises outside, it only reaffirms to your pet that there is a reason to be worried. Instead, do your best to carry on as normal.

As well as this, there are plenty of other options for you to try out so your pet can be their normal, happy self during a fireworks display.

Staying in is the new going out

If you go for evening walks with your pet, it’s best to rearrange these if you know there will be fireworks. Stay indoors with the curtains drawn, all lovely and cosy, while the fireworks rain their brightly coloured sparks over the crowds outside.

Turn the TV or radio up loud to help drown out the sounds of the bangs, and set up a little hiding space that they can settle in if they are particularly nervous. If they are crate trained, then this is the perfect place to put them, keep the door open, though, so they can leave if they want.

These tips are all designed so your pet feels safe during the loud noises. What about keeping them happy?

How to keep your pet happy during fireworks

Give a dog a bone
A treat (or two!) is the perfect thing to keep them happy when the fireworks are going off
A treat (or two!) is the perfect thing to keep them happy when the fireworks are going off.

Make sure you give your pet their favourite treat to cheer them up when the fireworks are crackling away outside. For dogs, a tasty and juicy bone will keep them occupied for a while. If it’s delicious enough, they might forget all about the fireworks. Not only will they stay distracted, it will give them positive connotations with the loud noises.

Pheromones mean no more moans

Before you take the medication route, there are plenty of products out there designed to calm your pet during stressful times. Natural anti-anxiety products with calming pheromones will really help your worried pet.

What about before the fireworks?

If you know you’re going to be near fireworks, then start training them early
If you know you’re going to be near fireworks, then start training them early.

You shouldn’t only become firework-conscious when the display starts. Get your pet used to the loud noises early on, so they aren’t as bothered when they start.

Get them used to loud noises

Getting your pet used to loud noises early on can be helpful, as long as this suits your dog's temperament. Rescue dogs might not respond well to this sort of training. Start with noises slightly louder than they are used to (like a car door slamming) and increase them until you get to reach the sound level of fireworks.

Starting this kind of training really early, when they’re young, can mean that you get your pets used to all sorts of loud noises, like thunder, lawnmowers and motorbikes.

Each time your pet hears a loud noise, reward them with a treat, and if they are particularly well-behaved when you make the noise, give them an extra little treat. This sort of training does take quite a while, and a lot of patience. Perseverance is your friend in firework training!

Now you know the different ways to look after your pet when there are fireworks going on outside, your travel plans don’t need to be affected. Book your tickets with us and festival fun here you come!

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