During firework season you can help your dog by preparing a ‘safe haven’ or a ‘dog den’. If your dog already has a hiding place, then this space can be used making it as snug and secure for your dog as possible by adding blankets or bedding.
If you are making a new ‘dog den’ from scratch, try to do this a few weeks in advance so that your dog knows it is a safe place when fireworks start. Plugging in an ADAPTIL® Diffuser or fitting an ADAPTIL Collar will increase the security felt by your dog and help to create a calm environment.
Build your den at least 2-3 weeks before fireworks season
Select your area: away from external windows and doors and in a quiet area of the room where you and your dog spend most of your time
Use a dog crate. These are a great way to make a fun place for your dog to chill out.
Select a nice comfy bed that your dog has used regularly and place it in the crate
We now need to soundproof the crate and for this you can be inventive! Basically, it needs to be dark and soundproof! You could:
Use blankets to cover the crate with
Use cardboard sheets to line the outside of the crate and then place a thick duvet on top
Cable tie egg boxes to the outside of the crate instead of cardboard sheets and then use the duvet to cover
Make the den a positive place for your dog. Have plenty of toys and treats in there. You can also hang toys from the inside of the crate and hide treats. There a few fabric foraging toys. These are also handy to hang on the inside of the den and then hide treats in the pockets provided
Apply ADAPTIL Spray to the bedding when you first make your den. This will help reassure your dog that it is a ‘safe place’
Plug in an ADAPTIL Diffuser close to the den as well. This is proven to support your dog during fireworks but also encourages them to see their den as a ‘safe place’.
Why not leave your den up all the time? It can be a constant safe place for your dog to retreat to during any stressful period. During hot weather, remove the duvet and use a thin sheet instead.