Six Steps to a Happier Dog at Fireworks Day

Six Steps to a Happier Dog at Fireworks Day

Hi, I’m Emma Filby, a professional Dog Trainer near Cambridge at Anglian Dog Works, accredited by The Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT).

I know that fireworks season can be a difficult time of year for dogs and their owners, and I am here to offer up some tips on how to help dogs and their owner’s cope.



  1. Get dogs used to bangs: desensitise to a soundtrack of firework noises, gradually getting louder, to allow dogs to get used to the sounds*
  2. Make a den: create a safe hiding place that is low down, covered and comfortable and establish it as a positive place by putting toys and treats there for your dog to find in the den over the coming weeks.

On the day of a display:

  1. Settle Before: walk your dog while it's daylight and settle down with them before the displays start.
  2. Muffle the bangs: stay indoors with the closing curtains. Use TV/radio to mask the sounds
  3. Offer reassurance: give them comfort or allow them to hide away as they please
  4. Other support: Some pheromone products may help alleviate stress. Consider canine aromatherapy essentials oils need to be therapeutic grade to be safe for dogs but the constituents in lavender has been observed to have a calming effect.


*If your dog has shown a fear of fireworks, instead you will need to work with experienced qualified trainer on noise aversion; They will be experienced at reading dog's body language for any signs of worry and be able to adjust the distance from the sound and sound intensity as appropriate.


About the author:

Hi 👋 I’m Emma, accredited as a professional dog trainer by the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT). I help owners of energetic dogs achieve the dog-owning life they envisioned by providing robust obedience & agility training for dogs in Balsham, near Cambridge.

DisclaimerThe content of this article does not include personalised advice and is for information purposes only. If you need individual advice or other enquiries please click here to get in contact or if you're not local to Anglian Dog Works, you can find a trainer in your area by going to the IMDT website:


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