How To keep Your Dog Calm During Fireworks

by Greg Van Praagh

The spooky season is nearly here, and we’re not talking about Halloween. That’s right, we’re talking about Bonfire Night. Firework night can be beautiful, but the reality is that it is a frightening time for our furry friends. According to the RSPCA, roughly 45% of dogs show signs of fear when they hear fireworks. For those of you with distressed dogs during this time, the best thing you can do for this season is to be prepared.

Here are some tips on how to keep your furry friend safe and comfortable throughout fireworks season:

Go for an early walk

Make sure to give your pets the opportunity to stretch their legs and burn through their energy while it’s still light outside. 

This means that you will hopefully avoid fireworks while out and about. And that when it comes to peak firework time, they’ll hopefully be sleepier and calmer.

Keep them indoors

Keeping dogs locked indoors during fireworks can prevent them from running away and getting lost. Close all windows, curtains, and blinds to reduce noise levels and block flashing lights. Our training treats are perfect for some indoor training to keep your dogs mind of the noise and listening to you.


Use soothing music or noise

Playing soothing music or white noise can help mask the sound of fireworks and create a calming environment. Classical music or soothing nature sounds can be relaxing for dogs, listen to our Spotify playlist to help keep your dog calm.

Stay with your dog

Comfort your dog during fireworks by staying with them and speaking to them in a soft, reassuring voice. Physical contact like petting can be soothing as well.

Consider anti-anxiety medications

If your dog is particularly anxious during fireworks, consult with your veterinarian to see if there is any medication or supplements that can help manage their anxiety.

Provide a safe space

Create a cozy den for your dog in a quieter part of your home where they can hide and feel secure. Fill the area with their toys, blankets, and some of your clothing so they feel comforted.

Firework season can be a very frightening time for your dog. It's important to continually monitor your dog's behavior during fireworks displays and adjust your methods accordingly. If you are unsure about how your dog will react to fireworks, consulting with a professional dog trainer or veterinarian may be helpful. Remember, the safety and well-being of your furry friend should always be a top priority.  

Don't forget to stock up on your dog's favourite food and treats to help them feel calm and content!