Desensitise your dog
Desensitisation is the process of getting your pet used to loud noises, so they won’t be scared when fireworks start for real. Simply play the sound of fireworks for a few minutes every day – for example, through YouTube videos on your TV. So long as your dog doesn’t show any signs of stress, you can steadily increase the volume over a period of weeks.
Create a ‘safe space’ for your dog
Find a quiet area in your home where your dog can hide if they feel scared of fireworks. This can simply be a table or your dog’s crate, covered with blankets to block out the sound and flashes of fireworks. Make it comfortable and put some toys in, and let your dog get used to it over a few weeks so they know it’s there and it’s safe. When fireworks start, don’t shut your dog in – let them choose where they want to be.