This Year Could Be A Difficult Bonfire Night For Our Pets

Due to the pandemic and Covid restrictions of past 18 months

Many dogs have yet to experience Bonfire night or even fireworks, as many celebrations such as New Year's Eve parties, were kept to a minimum because of the legal restrictions around COVID-19.

But this year, as restrictions are lifted across the UK, our dogs will have to face the realities of Bonfire night festivities. This will be hard not just for the pandemic puppies who have yet to experience this celebration, but also for older dogs who have become more accustomed to a quieter way of life in the last 18 months when their owners have been at home.

Tips to help your dog.

Keep your pet indoors, and if they need to go outside to go to the loo, then keep them on a lead. Statistics show that the number of dogs that run away from home doubles during the Bonfire night weekend. 

To minimize the chance of your dog running away, keep them safely inside and keep the windows and doors shut so the loud noises are kept to a minimum. Keep the curtains drawn so that they are not confused by the lights in the sky.

Stay with your dog. Dogs will often look to their owner for protection and having you by their side will make them feel comforted and protected. If this is not possible, then ensure that they are surrounded by familiar sounds of the television and radio that can help drown out the loud bangs of the festivities.

Ensuring that your dog is tired is also a good idea and taking them on a long walk during the day means that can settle in for a long night's sleep without being disturbed by loud noises on their walk. 

New toys and lasting chews will help to keep them happy and their mind occupied.

Signs of stress in our dogs.

If your dog is showing these symptoms, they may be afraid of fireworks. Speak to your vet for more advice about how to help them.


  • Trembling and shaking
  • Clinging to owners
  • Excessive barking
  • Cowering and hiding behind furniture
  • Trying to run away
  • Going to the toilet in the house
  • Pacing and panting
  • Refusing to eat
  • Destructive behaviour (chewing furniture etc.)


Make sure your dog is microchipped and your details are up to date and correct.