Keep your dogs calm on Bonfire Night

It’s great fun watching fireworks, especially for children. The sparkles, flashes, colours and bangs can be extremely exciting. Unfortunately for many pets, dogs especially, Bonfire Night and fireworks can be like living through a horror movie.  Pets can often react by running away as a way to escape the noise. Seeing them frightened can be upsetting. So how do you keep your dogs calm on Bonfire Night?

There are several organised events running throughout Kent, including Tenterden this weekend. So we have put together some tips on how to support your dog through Bonfire Night.

Create a safe place.

Making you dog feel safe is key to dealing with Firework fright. This is why it’s important to keep your dog in an area of your home where he or she feels safe and sheltered.  Having a designated place to hide that is dark can make your pet feel more secure. At the very least keep your windows and doors closed.  A sheet draped over a table can also be a great solution.

Dogs that have their own crates should not be locked inside them, as this can make things more stressful for them, but again place a blanket over the top and keep the door open so they can decide when to go in and hide. One thing you should try not to do is confine them to a room, they may feel happier curled up in their favourite space rather than being told where they can or cannot be.

How to keep your dogs calm

Plan if you can

If possible, take your dog for a long and energetic walk before night draws in.  Fireworks’ loud noises, flashes and even the smell of smoke could all send your pets running, so it’s best to be safely indoors when they start.  If you can, tire your dog out before events and displays start and keep their final toilet trip for when the quiet returns.

You also don’t want your pets escaping due to their anxiety.  Lock your doors and keep them safe.  If possible keep them in an area of your home where the sounds outside are minimalised.  They could become destructive if stressed. You may wish to remove things that can be damaged or be harmful if chewed.


Ask Alexa to play some classical music. Soothing music is believed to help to reduce your pet’s stress.  Or pop the TV on.  Anything you can do to drown out the sound of fireworks to distract them can only be a good thing.

It isn’t just background noise that can distract your fur baby. Try a long-lasting chew, or a toy that keeps them occupied. If you dog has a favourite long-lasting chew, get one ready for the night, so they can enjoy a delicious treat whilst they enjoy your dog on bonfire night

Keep it normal

Dogs are so in tune with their owners. They can sense when you’re stressed, feeling ill or unsettled, so act normal. No matter what is going on outside keep your normal routine.  Being overly attentive to your pet and even following them around your home can make them even more confused. Encourage them to play with a toy with you. Or let them cosy next to you on the sofa, but just let them make the decision on what they will feel happy to do and when.

Keeping everyone happy

We know as dog owners how you can worry about your beloved furry family member on Bonfire Night.  We hope our advice will ensure you can try to keep your dogs calm on Bonfire Night.