Firework Advice

Create a refuge:

  • Somewhere where your dog feels comfortable during fireworks
  • Usually involves being ‘hidden’
  • Either where your dog tends to go to each time or create a new place for them
    • If creating a new place encourage your dog to spend time there a few times a day from at least 2 weeks before fireworks are due to start
  • Needs to be in a place where outside noises are quiet – for example consider:
    • As few windows as possible, preferably double glazed
    • Corners are quieter
    • Behind/under heavy furniture
  • Provide heavy blankets for your dog to burrow under
  • If your dog usually likes to get behind a piece of furniture make sure it is accessible, for example pull it further forward
  • Leave an item of clothing in the refuge, preferably unwashed so it has your scent
  • Provide food, water, chews etc in the refuge

Use Adaptil:

  • Synthetic pheromone of the pheromone secreted by nursing bitches
  • Helps to calm dogs
  • Diffuser – use in room your dog will spend most of their time in and in refuge area (if not the same place)
  • Spray – use on blankets in the refuge (spray onto blanket 20mins before place in refuge, can respray new blanket every 2 hours and exchange for old one)

On the day:

  • AM: walk your dog – plenty of exercise
  • AN HOUR BEFORE DISPLAY DUE TO START: take your dog outside on lead (in case they are startled); Close windows and pull curtains before it gets dark; Prepare refuge with food, water, chews, toys, clothing etc (see above); Put on music – quietly, preferably music with a fairly strong beat

While fireworks occurring:

  • Try to remain happy and relaxed
  • Ignore bangs and whistles
  • NEVER get cross with your dog when they’re frightened – ignore them
  • Give attention if your dog is relaxed (not reassurance) – Eg. play game or practise training (with rewards)
  • If your dog is very frightened take them to the refuge (if they’re not already there) and stay with them quietly

After display finished:

  • Take outside on lead
  • Praise if does anything while outside, if doesn’t because your dog is still too scared provide newspaper overnight for dog to use if necessary


A full 24 hour emergency service is provided 365 days a year with at least one veterinary surgeon and nurse from our practice on call for emergencies.

You will always be seen at our main surgery in Petersfield where we can access your pet’s history and have all diagnostic equipment readily available.

  • Petersfield Tel:01730 266431
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