How can I help my dog cope with Bonfire Night?


Guy Fawkes Night approaches and we have already had some clients asking for tablets and advice for their frightened dogs!
Currently we suggest a three pronged approach……
1) Dog Appeasing Pheromone plug-in diffuser
2) Therapy eg. Xanax (Alprazolam) tablets, an anti anxiety medication. It has also been shown to help block memories of traumatic events, so is particularly useful in this instance.
3) Set up a “safe room” or safe hiding place for your dog.

How to create a “safe hiding place”

Several clients have already found this advice useful.

Typically, dogs prefer to hide in a dark, quiet place, away from household activity, but they may also want to be close to a person for added security. Following this procedure may help improve a hiding place……

  • Windows and curtains closed, with lighting dimmed.
  • A comfortable, familiar bed with extra blankets and items of recently worn clothing carrying the scent of the owner.
  • A water bowl, chews and toys nearby in the room.
  • A Dog Appeasing Pheromone diffuser in the room where the hiding place is, close to where the dog’s bed is located.

Your dog is more likely to use a hiding place if he or she likes to go there at other times. If possible, the hiding place should be set up a week ahead of any loud noise events.

You should give your dog treats and chews when it is in the hiding place, and show attention and approval when you find them there. This allows time for your dog to get used to the hiding place and associate it with pleasant experiences. The hiding place must be available to your dog at all times, regardless of whether or not you are at home.