In Mexico, holidays include a lot of light, music and fireworks. This is specially bad for dogs, since they are very afraid of the noise they cause. Here are some tips to help your furry friend calm down a bit during the season.
- Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise earlier in the day.
- Keep your dogs inside during fireworks, preferably with human companionship. If it’s hot, air conditioning will help. Bringing your dogs to a fireworks display is never a good idea.
- Provide a safe place inside for your dogs to retreat. When scared of sounds they can’t orient, dogs often prefer small enclosed areas. (I once had a dog who climbed in the bathtub during windstorms.) If your dog is comfortable in a crate, that is a good option.
- If possible, keep the windows and curtains closed. Covering the crate or lowering the blinds can also be helpful. Removing visual stimulation can also help calm dogs.
- Make sure all your dogs are wearing ID tags with a properly fitting collar. Some dogs tend to jump fences or sneak through any hole they can find.
- Leave your dog something fun to do – like his favorite toys or a plate filled with his favorite treats.