Remember, Remember 5th November, Gunpowder treason and plot …

Guy Fawkes night is fast approaching and it won’t be long before the sight, smell and sound of fireworks will be all around us.  Its fun for the adults and the kids, but its not always the case for our pets, in particular our dogs.   So how can we help them?

Begin your preparations early – in the weeks running up to bonfire night …

  • Check that your micro chipping and Identity tags are up to date – the companies that log your details report that the number of lost dogs doubles during this period.
  • Make a den for your dog, ideally a crate covered on 3 sides by a blanket, and place it away from doors and windows so your dog has somewhere safe to retreat to. We want to create pleasant associations with the den so I recommend making a routine of feeding him his meals in here.
  • Consider following a sound therapy programme to acclimatise your dog, there are free downloadable sounds available on the Dogs Trust Website which can be very successful if introduced sensitively.
  • Buy a Thundershirt which provides gentle pressure to help your dog feel better.

On the day, it may seem obvious but …

  • check with your neighbours if they are planning fireworks in the garden
  • in daylight hours take your dog for a long walk and tire him out
  • feed you dog before the fireworks start to help him settle
  • close all the curtains and windows to reduce the noise and blank out the light flashes
  • turn on the TV or Radio to mask the noise from outside
  • try to act normally and not feed your dog’s anxiety
  • avoid going out and leaving your dog alone

Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
the Gunpowder Treason and Plot,I see no reason why Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, t’was his intent to blow up King and Parliament.

Three score barrels were laid below to prove old England’s overthrow;
By God’s mercy he was catch’d with a dark lantern and lighted match.

Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!

Hip hip hoorah!