New Year’s Eve celebrations will be here before you know it. If you have a new rescue dog, puppy or if your dog is nervous of loud noises, now is the time to do what you can to make sure the fireworks cause your dog as little stress as possible.

A fear of fireworks is a fairly common phobia for dogs. They often find the loud, unpredictable noise and bright displays of light truly frightening. Even a seemingly confident dog can tremble and drool at the unfamiliar sounds. The good news is that there are a few things you can do to help your dog get through the festivities.



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How to use the video below

  • Play the video of fireworks below at the lowest possible volume a few times during the day.
  • Pair the video with things your dog likes, such as treats, meals, cuddle time, or a game of tug-of-war.
  • Slowly begin to raise the volume of the recording or video over the course of several days, and continue to pair the sound of fireworks with good things for your dog.
  • If at any point your dog begins to show signs of fear, turn the volume down to a point where he feels more comfortable.
  • Repeat this several times each day until your dog can hear the sounds of the fireworks at a fairly high volume without becoming fearful.

Read more about this subject, including some essential tips in this useful publication about desensitising your dogs to fireworks here.