“Remember, remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
You must see the reason,
This loud banging season,
Makes us doggies start barking a lot!”
Before I start yapping about Bonfire Night, let me first make sure you’re kitted out for the event because whether you like fireworks or not, its important to be the dazzler of the moment that bangs into the party like a sky rocket of stars.
Knitwear is trending for this fall so get your chunky jumpers on, neck warming bandanas, fur gilet’s and your 70’s shades of brown because being earthy will get you the lick of approval from the trendsetters.
Ear We Go Again
Did you know that 40% of dogs are frightened of fireworks and the loud noise they make? Some of us have very sensitive ears because us hounds can hear things from 80 feet away as opposed to a human who can only hear things 20 feet away! Yes, don’t whisper behind our backs because we will hear you!
We also hear noises at a higher frequency so imagine how it sounds to us when all these bangs and whizzes are going on from all the parties we can hear!
I had a chat with Collie the Counsellor and she gave me some advice for getting through the next few days without too much stress.
More water: Us dogs get thirstier the more anxious we get, so, just like you humans reach for a gin and tonic when you’re uptight, we go to our bowl of water.
Keeping calm: Ensure our favourite snuggles, blankets, Teddy Teepee or sleeping bag are readily available for instant comfort. Covers always provide a sense of calm no matter who you are. Another remedy is to use a scarf or blanket called an “anxiety wrap”, though here at Miss Teddy, we use our designer sling to keep your baby close and cocooned; it works a treat for a pooch in need of pampering and protection.
Not that I’m one to get vocal or anything, but…
Sing It To Me One More Time
A study by the Scottish SPCA found that music has a very calming effect on dogs and decreases their stress levels.
Classical music, soft rock and reggae showing the highest possible changes in your dogs stress levels when played from your portable speakers. If you don’t have a readily available playlist then these can be found on YouTube, and here at Miss Teddy we’ve suggested a few of our favourites.
Feel free to make your own suggestions and let us know, but here’s my Maltipoo Melody Medley:
1: Doggy Dog World ~ Snoop Dogg ft Tha Dogg Pound
2: Hound Dog ~ Elvis Presley
3: Who Let the Dogs Out? ~ The Baha Men
4: I Love My Dog ~ Cat Stevens
5: Three Little Birds ~ Bob Marley and The Wailers
Distract yourself with a bit of dancing, is what I say.
Work Up An Appetite
Bonfire Night food when it’s sizzling on the BBQ is enough to get our chops salivating but a hot dog for a hot-diggity-dog is far from good.
Many hot dogs contain ingredients that are not good for us, such as sodium, sugars and artificial sweeteners. Hot dogs also contain seasonings, such as garlic and onion powder, and garlic and onions are toxic to dogs if they eat too much.
Salt is the main issue though.
“According to the National Academy of Sciences, a dog weighing 33 pounds only needs 200 milligrams of sodium per day. The average hot dog contains more than 500 mg of sodium, so feeding your dog only one-half of a hot dog would probably put him way over his daily sodium limit.”
This can also lead to dehydration and high blood pressure because they contain so many added ingredients that are not healthy for dogs. So, whilst we might be licking our lips and giving you a puppy eyed look that makes you want to drop us a bit of your bonfire tucker… Don’t! The best BBQ treat you can give to a canine is a some plain chicken, beef or pork sans seasoning or salt!
Stay safe out there and don’t forget to sparkle!
Miss Teddy x