EVENTS Dogs Trust – Firework Fear
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Date/Time
Date(s) - 14/09/2018
6:30 pm

Location
Dogs Trust Manchester

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REMEMBER, REMEMBER TO PREPARE YOUR DOG THIS SEPTEMBER!
Now is the key time to help your dog with their fear of fireworks

Dogs Trust Dog School Manchester is urging owners to give their dogs lessons in how to cope with a fear of fireworks.

The charity says it can take months to train your dog to cope with fireworks, so Dogs Trust Dogs School Manchester is offering a ‘Firework Fear’ class for owners on Friday 14 September and they have a host of tips available on their website to help owners prepare their dogs well in advance for fireworks.

Owners could be better prepared come 5th November if they use some simple training techniques.

To book a place at the Firework Fear class on Friday 14 September at 6.30pm you can e-mail [email protected] or call 07920 658671.

For further advice about preventing and dealing with fear of loud noises please visit http://dogstrustdogschool.org.uk/behaviour/noise-fears/.

The Sounds Scary programme helps teach dogs and puppies firework noises are nothing to be scared of and is available to download for free at www.dogstrust.org.uk/fireworks.

 


Top tips to start preparing your dog ahead of firework night

1. Download the Sounds Scary recordings of firework sounds available from www.dogstrust.org.uk/fireworks. Check the tracks first without your dog present, and select one to start with which is just one element of the full firework noise

Start with your dog relaxed in a familiar environment. Have toys and treats ready, and if you have more than one dog, enough people to keep them all occupied!

Set up the track you have selected in advance, so you are sure that it will play at such a low volume that you can’t hear it – dogs can hear higher pitches so it’s important to start very low.

Get your pooch interested in playing or eating treats before you start playing the noises

Watch your dog very carefully as you start to play the noises. If you think he or she is worried, stop the sound immediately, but carry on playing with him until he is relaxed again. When you start again, have the volume set lower!

As long as your dog carries on playing or searching for treats and ignores the sounds, you can increase the volume very gradually over subsequent sessions – it’s vital to do this very gradually and always watch for any signs of worry.

Keep repeating, each time building up the volume as long as your dog is relaxed.