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Lolly heard her first lot of fireworks last night. They weren't too loud but certainly made her agitated. We were upstairs watching TV and she went running to the top of the stairs barking her head off. Luckily my son is a good sleeper as she was right outside his room :eek:

She heard some more this evening while she was out in the garden. We brought her in and she continued barking inside. I decided to find her bandana and gave it a good squirt of DAP spray. The fireworks had stopped by the time I'd done this but I think we may continue using it and see if it helps next time she hears some.

I thought it would be helpful to all of us with new puppies this year if the more experienced members of the forum could post their hints and tips to help our puppies through this stressful time.
 

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Yes good idea Janet. I can't help I'm afraid as fireworks have never seemed to bother Maisie ... we haven't had any in the garden since having her though, and I certainly wouldn't take a dog to a display.

Would be good to hear others' experiences. :)
 

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if your planning on using DAP or other calming products start using it weeks in advance. the DAP is a synthetic hormone based on the hormone from the mothers milk, it takes time for the hormone to build up in the dogs system so will have no effect if you decide to plug it in when you hear the first bang.


if your dog is having issues Do Not cuddle them if they are crying, it will only make them worse. just turn up the telling and act normal.

if you have a garden and can see some fireworks from their you can stand out and watch them giving treats to your dog.

i know some people who take their dogs to fire work displays with them.

even go out a wee walk, if you hear a bang don't take any knowtis of it, if your not bothered your dog should fallow your lead. you are pack leader and if you show everything is fine then your dog will accept everything is fine.
 

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hi wispa isnt bothered by fireworks either. we took her into the garden every time fireworks were going off and played with toys or gave her treats, we then had our own firework party with bonfire too and she came into the garden and sat on the bench with the children and watched them all going off and went by the fire for a warm too! :D i think going for a walk when its good and noisey with plenty of treats and playing as normal should help, if you dont want to go out, pick her up to look out of a window so she can see whats going on. :D
 

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We got one of those CDs of scary noises for Cara (the cheap version is just as good) off the Internet and played it every other day.

She ignores the firework noise now .... Just need a few real ones to see if it worked.

Kirsty
 
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