Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 

How they really feel about Guy Fawkes

Get into your dog’s head: how they really feel about Guy Fawkes

Guy Fawkes is a fun and festive occasion for the two-legged, but for dogs it can be a disturbing and scary time. You can just imagine them thinking “Why is my family trying to blow up my home?!”

“Pets can suffer anxiety as much as we do, sometimes worse as they can’t rationalise what is happening” said Veterinarian Lauren Bleaken. “Bright colours, flashes, loud bangs and cracks can result in anxiety. In my time as a Vet, this has presented behaviourally as dogs running away, hiding under beds, hyperventilating, wetting the bed, and in extreme cases, breaking through plate glass doors in order to escape the unknown attack” said Bleaken.

VitaPet Brand Manager Nigel Owen said “Dogs can’t talk so we can only assume what they’re feeling from their behaviour. Here’s some things you can you do to ease potential stress:”.

Tips in the home

· On the day, take your dog for a nice long walk before night time, reducing their energy levels.

· Plan to keep them home, inside if possible, during Guy Fawkes. If you are taking them out and about with you keep a close eye for signs of stress and anxiety – be prepared to take them home and get them calmed down.

· As the sun goes down, pull the curtains and try putting on the TV or radio to distract from the bangs of fireworks. Remember – dogs have senses that are far more sensitive than our own.

· Provide a cosy place for your dog to curl up, but if they would rather run and hide under a sofa or bed it’s best to leave them to it rather than coax them out immediately.

· Keep them occupied with treats or a chew toy, VitaPet have a good range – keep them handy.

· Remember, if your dog does get stressed, you, as the grown-up, ought to stay calm to show that there is nothing to fear.

Good Planning

· In the lead up to Guy Fawkes, give your local city council a call or look online to see if there are any planned events nearby that might cause problems for your dog.

· Have a chat to neighbours to see if they’re planning anything that you ought to be aware of.

· If you are at all concerned, think about making arrangements for your dog to stay elsewhere for a bit.

If you are concerned

· Talk to your Vet or pet specialty store in advance for more advice, as there are further medicated and non-medicated options available, particularly if your dog is showing signs of stress or anxiety or has shown signs in the past.

It is important to take action now, as “these experiences can cause enormous anxiety, and for some pets this anxiety gets worse year upon year,” said Bleaken.

On a more positive note… this crazy period is a great excuse to spend more quality time with your dog. Keep some extra VitaPet dog treats on hand and get out and have some fun together – and while you’re out and about why not take some great snaps of your clever dog and upload them at www.trick4treats.co.nz. They could be in an Ad Campaign and you could win a year’s supply of VitaPet!

-ends-


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Howard Davis: Troy Kingi Rules The San Fran

The award-winning Northland musician performed songs from his new record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, the fourth installment in his 10/10/10 series - ten albums in ten years in ten genres. More>>

Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Rises From The Ashes (& Chris O'Connor Talks)

Simultaneously dreamy and structured, understated and subtle, spacious and hypnotic, The Phoenix Foundation's new album Lifeline includes gorgeous vocal harmonies, lilting lyrics with no lack of wry, self-deprecating humour, and gently weeping guitar parts. More>>



Howard Davis: Estère At San Fran

Appearing at Wellington's San Fran to promote her new single, Calculated Risk, the local musician sutured together a highly impressive set of syncopated soul beats, weaving a brilliant dance cloth of iridescent splendour.More>>

Back On The Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Wins Over Spirit

In March, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeal upheld an original jury finding that Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven did not infringe copyright in Spirit’s 1968 song Taurus. Michael Skidmore, who had filed the suit in 2014 as trustee of the ... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland