Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is urging constituents to be considerate of neighbours with dogs if planning a private display.
Whilst lockdown means that public firework displays are unlikely to go ahead this year, a recent survey commissioned by the Kennel Club, around 40% of people between the ages of 16 and 34 are expecting to celebrate with private displays.
Amongst owners of dogs, more than two thirds report a change in their dog’s behaviour during fireworks displays, including showing signs of obvious distress, hiding, barking or crying, and even escaping. Over 70% of dog owners are worried about the possibility of more fireworks closer to home this year and how local private displays may affect their dog.
Research has also suggested that there may have been an increase in puppy sales over lockdown and therefore many new owners may not be fully aware of the impact that fireworks can have on their pets.
The Kennel Club have produced guidance on how owners can prepare their dogs for fireworks.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“It’s important every year to be considerate in the use of fireworks, but this year may see more private use closer to neighbours and that is a concern for many dog owners.
“I would encourage those who are planning private displays to be mindful of the effects that this might have on dogs living nearby and warn neighbours if possible.
“For dog owners, I would recommend checking out the Kennel Club’s advice and finding out how they can prepare their pets for – and support their pets through – firework displays.”