Hasn’t 2018 gone so quickly! Seems like the older we get the quicker it goes.
New Year’s Eve is a great time to celebrate and bring in 2019 by watching the host of fireworks displays happening around our suburbs and cities. While we humans love seeing the skies light up, many of our canine companions do not. The sudden loud bangs, smells, smoke and bright light show can be confusing and a terrifying experience for our pets, even at a considerable distance. A study into domestic dogs and their response to noises, like fireworks, showed 49% of our dogs demonstrate behaviours consistent with fear and anxiety.
You see, dogs have a very acute sense of hearing, so loud bangs, whistles, buzzing, hissing and crackling, as fireworks do, can literally cause them pain. I once heard of a little Jack Russell so scared of fireworks, he scaled a 6 foot fence to try and get away.
Now if your dog has a diagnosis of noise phobia, make sure you chat with your vet about strategies for getting through tonight.
Please watch out for symptoms of distress
Now, if you are home tonight, here’s some ways to help keep your dog calm and safe?
If you’re planning a night on the town:
Finally, make sure you do not punish or tell your dog off for being afraid… they don’t understand why something so terrifying would be fun for us. It’s definitely a cross cultural experience.