To help my dogs from a young age we'd do regular noisy training.
- Walking my noisy main roads while on lead
- Exposing them to police sirens, fire engines etc
- Encouraging them to explore anything they were inquisitive / unsure about
- Banging pots and pans (starting quietly and building up)
- Playing noise CDs of fireworks / thunder / babies crying from puppyhood
- Teaching an EMERGENCY RECALL
When the dogs became old and their fear of fireworks was inevitable we...
- Closed the curtains at home earlier during firework season
- Kept the dogs on lead on all walks
- Made sure all ID tags and microchips were up to date
- Never attached the dog lead to their ID collar (in a panic, collars can come off with the ID)
- Brought forward their routines so they weren't going out for their last toilet late at night
- Added natural calmers to their food (CBD is something we have been using for Kaiser's arthritis and also calms him for stressful events)
- Put the TV on all evening
- Put the radio on all day with either reggae, classical or a talk station
- Made dens for each dog to retreat to if they wished (under the dinning table for the rottweilers)
- Encouraged relaxing activities such as kongs, safe chews and searching games
MOST IMPORTANTLY - IT IS GOOD TO COMFORT A SCARED DOG if they want to be comforted. It used to be said that you shouldn't give a dog attention for being afraid, like you're somehow validating their excuse to be scared. Instead - imagine you're terrified of spiders. Being comforted might not make the spider go away but being comforted (in the right way) will not make you more afraid of the spider. If anything you'll appreciate the distraction and reassurance.
I hope all of your dogs are having a stress free time but if not, and you need some advice - please get i touch.