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How to protect your dog from fireworks on Halloween

A photograph of a french Bulldog puppy standing between 2 Halloween Pumpkins

A photograph of a french Bulldog puppy standing between 2 Halloween Pumpkins

Lisa Trainer and Aoife Walsh

Dogs Trust has offered advice to pet owners on how best to protect your favourite four-legged friend from becoming frightened by fireworks this Halloween.

The dog welfare charity says Halloween can be a "terrifying" experience for some dogs due to the loudness and brightness of the explosives.

Dogs Trust spokesperson, Corina Fitzsimons advised that treats, toys, reggae music, and taking your dog for a walk before nightfall are some of the useful measures that can be taken to ensure your pet stays calm and safe this Saturday.

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The advice comes after Dogs Trust saw a 358pc spike in the number of pet owners seeking advice via its website on how to protect nervous pets from the explosives in comparison to this time last year.

"There's been an alarming 358pc increase in the number of dog owners who are looking for firework advice in our website compared to this time last year," Ms Fitzsimons said.

"Fireworks have sadly been going off earlier this year, especially in the Dublin area. They appear to be louder and more frequent.

"Because dogs, their sense of hearing is approximately four times more sensitive than our own, about 52pc of dogs are quite frightened by fireworks."

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