The Scottish Government are currently (until 13 May 2019) running a consultation on fireworks in Scotland. For everyone who has a nervous dog who reacts badly to the sight and sound of fireworks, this is your best opportunity to let your opinions known to the people who can change things.
We've met many dogs who are terrified of fireworks. Luckily, if you know a large display is going to happen, you can make efforts to lessen the impact it has, by going out for the day, or staying over somewhere else. We have clients who bring their dogs to us for a few nights, as we are in a quiet area.
Our stance here at HHDB is to stop the sale of fireworks to the general public. Large demonstrations are great, and if a community wants to get together to organise a display, brilliant! But the selling of fireworks to the general public coming in off the street should come to an end.
We’ve seen how irresponsible people can be with them, and even though you can only buy two packets of paracetamol at a time, you can buy as many explosives as you like - and even get them delivered to your door! It all seems very weird.
Let’s keep the fireworks solely for licensed events, that way everyone can get what they want.
FOR OR AGAINST FIREWORKS?
Whilst we don’t object at all to well planned and advertised firework events, what we don’t like and want banned is sale to the public. We don't think it should be permitted to allow just anyone to let off explosives in their back garden at any time of the day or night.
We don’t think it’s appropriate that for most of October and November, many dog owners live in fear of a firework being set off in a public park, causing their dogs to bolt and, possibly, killed on the road as a result.
We’ve had such an instance ourselves a few months ago. When walking in a wildlife reserve in broad daylight at 3pm, a loud firework went off somewhere close, and if we hadn’t had good control of our dogs they could have scattered to the wind.
Nobody out walking their dog in the middle of the afternoon should have to worry about potential explosions around us when in country parks.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Perhaps you have your own stories of your dogs being badly affected by fireworks? Let us know in the comments or over on our Facebook page, but please PLEASE fill in this consultation first and we can at least try to effect change.
Our basic points for the survey are:
Please let your opinions known at the Scottish Government Consultation Page.
We’ve already covered how we prepared our dogs for when Sam (our human furbaby) came home to stay at HHDB. It’s a really good read, you should check it out…!
What we haven’t spoken much about is how best to introduce a new puppy to a house that already has one or more resident dogs. For a dog used to being the centre of attention and able to do pretty much whatever he wants, having the addition of a new puppy to create havoc and cause chaos in every way imaginable can be quite stressful at best, traumatic at worst.
New year, new resolutions that we can break as soon as possible.
If this happens to you, maybe you should try to be be more dog and start figuring out how they can be just so darned happy all the time!
Dogs wag their tails when they see you, run in circles before a walk and cosy in so tightly at night that there must be a way we can all be as happy as our pups. Here at Happy Home Dog Boarding we've started to learn from them ourselves, and we'd like to share our experiences with you.
Here’s five things we think we can all learn from our dogs to make us happier, whether it’s at the end of the year or halfway through the year - there’s never a better time to improve ourselves than right now!
Yes yes, it’s only November and we’re talking about Christmas. However it’s okay, because we’re not going to encourage you to buy some over-expensive electrical goods from a slightly fancy department store.
Instead, we’re going to encourage you to think forward about the needs of your dogs as the festive season starts to pick up and your routine changes. Perhaps you have people over for drinks or dinner? Or maybe you go travelling to visit family, or they might all descend on you. Whatever happens, now is the time to start thinking about how your dog might cope and how you can help.
Just as some dogs are fine with fireworks whilst others are terrified, many dogs are okay with noise, crowds, and change of routine, but there are those who find it scary, unsettling and even upsetting.
Here’s a few tips on what to do to help your dog stay safe and secure this Christmas.
Thinking about getting a dog?
Dogs can encourage a healthy lifestyle, are great companions and are always there for a cuddle. But getting a dog is not as simple as getting a new phone or ornament. They require hard work, patience, attention and a fair amount of your time. Here's a few things to consider before getting a dog.
1. Do you have the time to take care of a dog?
Many people will say that if you work full time, you shouldn't get a dog. We wholeheartedly disagree with this. Dogs are not the sole resource of rich, retired, unemployed or work from home folk.
However, you do need to keep in mind the welfare of your dog if you are out the house a lot throughout the day.
There are professional dog walkers who will come and spend time with your dog throughout the day, or ddoggy daycare where they can spend their days with other pups. Do keep in mind the costs associated with these, but also consider alternative options. Can you get home at lunchtime to walk the dog instead? Do you have friends, family or trusted neighbours nearby who would like to help out?
A dog is a huge responsibility, and not something you can ignore for hours on end, which brings us to our next question:
All dog owners understand that one of the hardest things to do is to leave them for any length of time. This might just be for a night or a weekend, but it gets even harder the longer you are away!
There are two main options for boarding your dog for any length of time. The first is kennels, where your dog is kept in a secure area and looked after by trained staff. This is perfect for many types of dogs.
The alternative option is what this blog will focus on, and what we offer - dog home boarding. It’s important that you choose the right option for your dog, and you’ll probably have a gut instinct about what would be best. Home boarding might better suit dogs that are used to being a part of a home environment.
With so many home boarders available though, how to separate the good ones in it for the love of dogs, from those only interested in earning a few spare pounds for minimal effort?
Here are five important questions you should consider asking any potential home dog boarder before you even think about taking your dog to them.