If your dogs are anything like mine, and many others, as soon as there is a bang, they will head off for somewhere dark, enclosed, and small! Meg used to go under my chest of drawers until I made her a cosy den with a crate, a duvet and lots of padding.
The following video shows how to create a safe haven during fireworks season.
The things to remember are:
- set the den up in a quiet corner, in the main room if that is where they like to be;
- if you are using a crate, cover as much of it as you can with a duvet or blankets, to ensure most of the light is blocked out, and any sounds are well muffled;
- consider using old pillows to create bumpers around the inside which will give your dog something to push their backs into;
- pad the bottom well, and use enough bedding that they will be comfortable, without getting too hot or too chilly;
- give them something to chew whilst in there (like a stuffed Kong, knuckle bone, etc.);
- keep the entrance accessible, but easy to cover over when the dog is in;
- if there are lights near the den, switch them off when the dog is in residence;
- Rules one, two and three are – WHEN YOUR DOG IS IN THEIR DEN – DO NOT DISTURB. No peeking, no poking, no nuffink! Leave them alone! It’s THEIR space. If they want your company, they will find you.
If you have no access to a crate or handy chest of drawers as in the video, use your imagination. You can drape a duvet over the back of a sofa and create a tube/tunnel with the bed tucked inside, of kit out a large cardboard box. Go and have fun with it.
Encourage your dog inside their new safe place with treats, or by tossing a toy in. Don’t worry if they show little interest in it to start with -it’s just to let them know it’s there.
Enjoy the process…