A Pooch's Guide to Diwali: Celebrating Safely with Your Dog

  • Nov 11, 2023
  • By sricharan govindaraju
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Diwali, the festival of lights, is a time of joy and celebration. As the fireworks light up the sky and families gather to celebrate, it's important to remember our furry family members. Dogs can find the loud noises and bright flashes stressful, so ensuring their safety and comfort is key. Here's a guide to a pooch-friendly Diwali celebration.

Understanding Your Dog’s Diwali Dilemma

Dogs possess heightened senses, and the cacophony of Diwali can lead to anxiety and fear. The sound of fireworks can reach up to 190 dB, while dogs can hear up to 65,000 Hz compared to a human's 20,000 Hz – making the festive period particularly overwhelming for them.

Creating a Calm Environment

  1. Safe Space: Establish a quiet, escape-proof room where your dog can feel secure. Soft bedding, familiar toys, and the presence of family can create a reassuring environment.

  2. Sound Therapy: Playing white noise or calming music can help mask the jarring sounds of fireworks.

  3. Practice Calmness: Train your dog with positive reinforcement to settle down and relax on command.

Health and Safety Precautions

  1. Protective Measures: Ensure all windows and doors are securely closed to prevent any frightened bolting.

  2. Identification Tags: Update your dog’s collar with an ID tag containing your contact information, just in case they escape.

  3. Avoid Fireworks: Keep your dog indoors during peak fireworks hours. If they must go outside, keep them on a leash at all times.

Involving Your Dog in the Festivities

  1. Dog-Friendly Diyas: Opt for LED lights instead of traditional diyas, which pose a fire hazard and can be knocked over by a curious pooch.

  2. Pet-Friendly Rangoli: Use natural, non-toxic materials for your rangoli to avoid any accidental ingestion.

  3. Festive Treats: Bake some homemade dog treats with festive flavors like pumpkin or cinnamon (in moderation).

Post-Celebration Care

  1. Quiet Time: After the festivities have wound down, give your dog some quiet time to recover from the excitement and noise.

  2. Check for Debris: Ensure your yard is clear of firework debris before letting your dog out to play.


By planning ahead and taking some simple precautions, you can make sure that Diwali is enjoyable for both you and your four-legged friend. Remember, a little preparation can go a long way in ensuring your dog’s safety during this festive time.


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