How to Build a Den | Help your Dog Cope Fireworks Season

Posted by Katy Parnell on 5th October 2018 to News Articles, Dogs

How to Build a Den | Help your Dog Cope this Fireworks Season | Kennelgate

How to Build a Den

During firework season you can help your dog by preparing 'safe haven' or a 'dog den'. If your dog already has a hiding place then this space can be used making it as snug and secure for your dog as possible by adding blankets or bedding. If you are making a new 'dog den' from scratch try to do this a few weeks in advance so that your dog knows it is a safe place when fireworks start. Plugging in an ADAPTIL diffuser or fitting an ADAPTIL collar will increase the security felt by your dog and help to create a calm environment.

• Build your den 4 weeks before fireworks season.

• Select your area: away from external windows and doors and in a quiet area of the room where you and your dog spend most of your time.

• Use a dog crate. These are a great way to make a fun place for your dog to chill out.

• Select a nice comfy bed that your dog has used regularly and place it in the crate.

• We now need to soundproof the crate and for this you can be inventive! Basically it needs to be dark and soundproof! You could:Use blankets to cover the crate with, use cardboard sheets to line the outside of the crate and then place a thick duvet on top.

• Make the den a positive place for your dog. Have plenty of toys and treats in there. You can also hang toys from the inside of the crate and hide treats. There a few fabric foraging toys. These are also handy to hang on the inside of the den and then hide treats in the pockets provided.

• Apply ADAPTIL spray to the bedding when you first make your den. This will help reassure your dog that it is a ‘safe place’.

• Plug in an ADAPTIL diffuser close to the den as well. This is proven to support your dog during fireworks but also encourages them to see their den as a 'safe place'.

• Why not leave your den up all the time? It can be a constant safe place for your dog to retreat to during any stressful period. During hot weather, remove the duvet and use a thin sheet instead.

Fireworks can be difficult for many pets to cope with but there is a lot that can be done to support them through this troubling period. For further information please contact our team on 01159399077 (option 2 for Kennelgate & Online) or email us at and our friendly and experienced team will be happy to assist you.