New Year could be a time for magical fireworks displays. However, if you have a dog then this could be quite a stressful occasion for them. At The Insurance Emporium, we want your dog to be safe if there are displays going on nearby. That’s why we put together these tips for taking care of your dogs during fireworks season.
1. Bring the noise
In the months and weeks leading up to New Year, you could try to acclimatise your dog to the sounds of fireworks. There are plenty of noise CDs and online sources available that could help you to introduce your dog to strange, potentially scary sounds in a controlled environment. Be aware, however, that if your dog is particularly scared of certain noises then this approach could make things worse.
2. Walk this way
If you know that a fireworks display will be going on close to your home, or you suspect your neighbours have something planned on the days surrounding New Year, then it’s worth planning your dog walks around this. Where possible, walk your pooch before it gets dark as there will be less chance of fireworks going off while you and your furry friend are out and about.
3. A place to hide
After fireworks have started, make sure your dog has a place where they can hide. This could be under furniture, inside a den you’ve made for them or under a blanket or unwashed jumper that has your scent on it – this could help them feel more comfortable. Make sure that any doors or windows are locked so that your dog cannot escape.
4. Stay another day
Staying home with your dog could also help to comfort them because seeing that you’re relaxed might prove to them that everything is normal. If they come to you for comfort then do give them attention, otherwise they might get more stressed and confused by the fact you’re ignoring them.
5. Address the situation
Just in case your dog does manage to escape and run off scared, having their means of identification up to date could help you to be reunited faster. By law, your dog is supposed to be microchipped and, if they are in a public place, they should be wearing a collar with an identification tag. If you’ve moved at any point, be sure to update the address and contact details on your pet’s means of identification.
With a few precautions, you might have an easier time calming your dog around New Year. However, in case something were to go wrong, it could be worth getting pet insurance. At The Insurance Emporium, our dog insurance could include cover for Loss By Theft Or Straying*. New policies could also get up to 30% discount^. Why not get a quote from The Insurance Emporium today?
*Available on Time Limited, Maximum Benefit and Lifetime policies only.
^The 30% discount is available on lunar and calendar monthly policies and policies where the premium is paid annually. It is made up of 20% Introductory Discount plus 10% Multi-pet Discount (if appropriate). The Introductory Discount is available for the first 12 premium payments on lunar and calendar monthly policies or one premium payment on annual policies.
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