It’s getting to that time of year again which many dog owners hate; Bonfire Night! I’m not sure it’s a thing with cats but I have seen many dogs react differently; quivering wrecks, plain old reactive barking or like my late Yorkshire Terrier, Casper, he didn’t have a clue what was going on or even cared.
My 3 year old Border Collie however doesn’t like to be messed with; he’s a barker at any firework bangs and many told me from day one that I should get some doggy calm tablets. I took advice, but here’s the snag, they don’t work overnight and hopefully my blogpost will be a little prompter for you to be ahead of the game too.
Many people have since said to use two weeks leading up to Bonfire night, but where I live, they tend to be set off well before the big day and there’s no planning around spontaneity. So with this in mind, this year I wanted to start slipping them in to his food 1st October, but my fiance thought that was plain old crazy.
It’s only been two nights since we heard our first set of fireworks and so, I instantly reacted (these are the non-sedating ones we use) and have forfeited my Light Laughing Cow cheese triangles to easily hide a tablet when I’ve crushed it. Sneaky. But hopefully with a bit of luck we will have a happier and chilled out dog this year; I just wish the UK would do as the Finnish and make fireworks illegal to use all year round apart from an 8 hours period overlapping from New Year’s Eve to New Year’s Day.
I hoped this has encouraged you to get organised and do whatever works for you and your pets.
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