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Keep pets safe, Guys

- BY KAREN ROCK­ETT Pets · Hobbies · Paul Staines · Dogs Trust

Own­ers are urged to take ex­tra steps to keep pets calm this week as more peo­ple re­sort to home bon­fires and fire­works. Pub­lic dis­plays are banned and, in a dou­ble blow, many own­ers who bought pups in lock­down face their first Guy Fawkes Night.

Jenna Kid­die, head of ca­nine be­hav­iour at the Dogs Trust, said: “For many dogs and their own­ers, fire­work sea­son is al­ways one they dread.

“This year, own­ers have the added worry more fire­works will be set off in the neigh­bour­hood.

“Dogs have four times more sen­si­tive hear­ing than hu­mans, so the cracks, bangs and bright­ness of fire­works can ter­rify them and have a lasting im­pact. We urge any­one putting on a dis­play to fol­low our Fire­work Dog Code.”

Jenna ad­vises own­ers to: walk dogs and give them a loo break be­fore dark; feed pets be­fore fire­works start; en­sure the house and gar­den is se­cure as fear may make a dog try to flee; pro­vide a safe hid­ing place; close cur­tains, turn lights on and turn up the TV or ra­dio to drown out ex­ter­nal noise.

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AD­VICE Jenna Kid­die

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