Monthly Archives: October 2014

Fireworks – top tips for helping your pets!

With fireworks night just round the corner (it’s already here according to some!), here are some tips you may find helpful in helping your pet cope with fireworks if they are nervous of them:-

 

  • During fireworks distract your dog if possible playing games, doing training activities or playing with toys.
  • Make your pet feel safe. Give them access to an area of the home they feel safe and stay with them to give them confidence.
  • Try to ignore negative behavior and reward for positive behavior.
  • Keep radios, TVs and lights on to mask bangs and flashes from the fireworks.
  • When exercising your dog keep them on the lead (to avoid them bolting) and if possible walk at times and places where fireworks are not in sight or their hearing range. As always ensure your dogs ID tags are up to date and securely attached to your dog in case they do slip their collar or harness.
  • If you pet has an extreme reaction to fireworks enlist the help of a professional animal trainer that can help your pet deal with loud noises before the firework season begins.
  • Your vet may be able to help. You may be able to prescribe some calming medication or suggest a plug-in diffuser or something similar to help calm your pet.
  • Get hold of a Sound Therapy pack from www.soundtherapy4pets.co.uk.
  • Cats will tend to feel safer if they can hide away somewhere. Leave them to hide for as long as they wish.
  • For any small pets outside, if you cannot bring them into the house provide extra bedding and partly cover and area of their hutch or shed so that it will dull the sound but keep a good air flow for them.

 

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Dog walking around Cardiff

Cardiff is a great city for dogs and their owners.  It has the hustle and bustle of a capital city however underneath all of that it is a beautiful heaven for dog walkers.

Here are our top dog walks in Cardiff.

Bute Park – right in the city centre itself you can enjoy a dog walk around Bute Park.  Whether you want a short walk and a picnic or a longer walk along the river side it’s all there.

Sophia Gardens – this is another dog walk in the city centre.  Here you can take in views or Cardiff Castle and follow the Taff trail all the way to Cardiff Bay where you and your dog can stop for a well deserved drink.

Cardiff Bay Barrage – this is a stunning walk however more suitable for dogs that are happy to stay on the lead.  Here you can enjoy the up and coming development of Cardiff Bay whilst relaxing with water views from every direction.

Llanishen Reservoir – this is a peaceful place for you and your dog to walk and you will meet many like minded walkers on your way.  Walk around the reservoir or follow the Nant Fawr trail which connects Waterloo Gardens in the south with the Ridgeway walk in the north.

Cefn Onn Park – a fun and easy walk for dogs and nature lovers. It’s a short walk around the park with wooded areas for dogs to explore. There are also plenty of paths leading off onto other trails for the more adventures waker and his dog.

Caerphilly Mountain – a walk on Caerphilly Mountain can be as long or short as you and your dog fancy as there are plenty of parking spots on the way up so it’s up to you how high or low up the mountain you begin.  From the top you can experience panoramic views over Cardiff and the Welsh valleys.

Roath Park Lake – a gentle dog walk around the lake is always an enjoyable experience.  There is plenty of thriving wildlife around the lake, beautiful flowers and smells in the wild gardens and fun to be had on the recreation grounds.  Dogs do need to be kept on leads around the park however it is an extremely sociable day out for them.

If you would like your dog to experience some of these walks with a member of our Cardiff Dog Walking Team please see http://www.friendsforpets.co.uk/dog-walking/cardiff/ for more details.