Ahead of upcoming firework festivities, Dogs Trust Salisbury has issued advice to owners on how to take care of their dogs, with one in three owners from a recent survey looking to seek advice around firework related behaviour.

The charity is recommending that owners stay in with their dogs at this time as dogs may panic if left alone and should also be kept at home and not taken out after dark. Salisbury Journal: Jazz the spaniel: Photo Kelly AtkinsonJazz the spaniel: Photo Kelly Atkinson (Image: Kelly Atkinson)Read more: Animal charity warns dog owners about seasonal changes

Experts at the University of Salford has affirmed that dogs are sensitive to a greater range of firework noise sound than first thought, confirming it is best to keep dogs indoors during firework displays to limit distress.

Claire Rowe, Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Salisbury, said: “Fear of fireworks is worryingly common in dogs of all ages, and it can have a significant impact on their wellbeing and affect dogs at any time in their lives.

“Dogs respond to fireworks in a range of different ways, so it’s crucial to have a clear plan, ahead of time, to help your own dog cope. Some dogs will want to find a cosy hiding place, others will want reassurance.

“If your dog does seem worried, it’s worth distracting them with a game or treats to keep their attention away from the noises outside. Owners can visit the Dogs Trust website for top tips on what to do when fireworks have started.”

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Dogs Trust recommends owners stay in with their dog: "Dogs may panic if left alone, so having their owner or someone they know and trust for company will help them relax. 

"Don’t go out after dark. Make sure your dog is cosy inside and settled well before any fireworks start. They should have a safe space or ‘den’ to retreat to if they choose. Never force a dog outside during fireworks. 

"If your dog has shown signs of fear towards fireworks, reach out to your vet for advice, and give the dog any prescribed medication before fireworks start, it might be that vets can prescribe last minute medication to help your dog cope, if necessary."

Owners should also check that their house and garden are escape-proof. Dogs could try to run away if they’re scared so check doors, windows and fences are secure.

When fireworks have started, the charity says to close curtains,  turn on the lights and turn on the television or some music to help block out the outside noise. 

The charity also recommends noting down how your dog reacted during the fireworks and what worked well to help them cope.

It also advises returning to a normal routine to help dogs settle down. If they were worried during fireworks, it is a good idea to seek professional help before the next firework season starts.

More information about how to keep your dog safe at dogstrust.org.uk/fireworks