Tips To Look After Your Pets This Territory Day
As human's we love Territory Day - I mean we are one of the only places in Australia in which we can legally set off fireworks this one day a year.
But with that comes responsibility, especially if you are a pet owner!
Many animals are terrified of Fireworks, being a dog owner myself it's important to be prepared for Territory Day and these are a few helpful tips from RSPCA Darwin:
o Talk to your vet about the treatment options available for managing noise phobias – ask them about any new treatment options.
o Take your dog out for exercise before the fireworks start e.g. reasonably long walk, then after a couple of hours you can feed a meal. A tired and well-fed dog will likely be less anxious during the night. If you can, stay home to be with your pet.
o Let your dog be with you and try to be calm and normal. Avoid fussing over your pet excessively but try to engage them in normal activities such as playing. Reward your dog for their calm behaviour, rewards include giving dog treats and their favourite dog toy.
o Close the blinds/curtains, create a comfortable hiding place and allow your dog to go there to feel safe, put on some music or the TV to help mask the noise outside, and distract your dog with games and food.
o Dogs who panic can choke themselves on a collar or lead, so never tether your dog during these times and never use a choke chain to restrain your dog.
o Make sure your dog is micro-chipped and that your contact details are up to date on the microchip register. Also ensure they are wearing an ID tag so they can be easily returned if they accidentally escape.
o Direct supervision is important to help prevent injury or escape. If you cannot supervise your dog on the night consider making alternative arrangements so your dog will be supervised by a responsible person directly or consider boarding your dog so they will be safe.