Whitby fireworks

Top tips for calm and safe dogs during fireworks

At Shoreline Cottages, we encourage visitors to bring their four-legged family members on holiday with them. Times of celebration such as New Year’s Eve, the Whitby Regatta, and Guy Fawkes Night are no exception and can be enjoyed at one of our dog friendly Whitby cottages.

As dogs have a very acute sense of hearing compared to human ears, sudden firework sounds can unfortunately be scary and alarming for them. Prolonged stress can cause your furry friend issues such as:

  • Shaking and trembling
  • Howling and barking
  • Trying to escape by running out of the house or jumping over the fence
  • Lack of appetite
  • Excessive drooling
  • Bladder and bowel issues

We have put together some dog safety tips in this blog post that can help calm canine anxiety during firework displays and thunderstorms.

Calm your dog before potential distress

  • To reduce potential excitement and/or distress, make sure your dog has plenty of exercise during the day. Take a walk or a jog on the Whitby seafront to release some energy and stretch your dog’s legs.
  • If your pooch is increasingly sensitive to loud noise and the sudden sounds of fireworks, you can use more advanced calming methods, such as sound therapy. The music “Through a Dog’s Ear” has been clinically tested and has been proven to be effective in calming the canine nervous system. You can play the psychoacoustical music before the fireworks, when your dog is relaxed, and continue it during the fireworks. You might enjoy the sounds of Beethoven, too!

Keep your dog inside and in human company

  • Keep your dog indoors during firework displays and in good company! Staying inside will firstly ensure that your dog does not run away, and secondly that he will not get as distressed. Do not take your dogs to the fireworks!
  • The fear of loud and sudden noises may cause disorientation in dogs. Therefore, make sure you are both/all in a small enclosed space that is easy to oversee.
  • If you are visiting Whitby over New Year’s Eve or Bonfire Night, bring your dog’s bed, blanket, or toys from home to make him feel more at ease in the new environment.

Block out noise and provide a distraction for your dog

  • Close the windows and curtains in your Whitby accommodation, as doing so will muffle the sound and any visual stimulation. This should help to calm your pet, however, make sure the room is not too hot.
  • Distract your dog by playing with his favourite toy or giving him a bone to chew on first.
  • Turn on the TV or play some music that won’t be distressing to your pet. This will function to block out the unfamiliar and distressing sounds of fireworks.

Dress your dog in his safety outfit

  • Your dog’s sound phobia can also be diminished by using an anxiety vest. The snug-fitting wrap provides gentle acupressure and calms dogs in storms and fireworks.
  • Lastly, in case of a possible escape through the door, check that your dogs have ID tags on their collars, which clearly indicate your contact details and address. Also, a reflective collar can increase their visibility at night and alert cars that a dog is on the road. Microchipping is highly recommended, too.

If you are travelling to Whitby with other people, you can still pop outside to have a better view of the fireworks but remember to always have someone inside keeping your dog company.

We hope these tips help you and your dog to have a peaceful time during firework celebrations.