Battersea Creates Calming Music Playlist To Keep Pets Relaxed This Fireworks Season

02 Nov 2023

With Bonfire Night and Diwali celebrations just around the corner there’s a lot for us humans to be excited about, however this can be a very stressful time for your pet with unexpected flashing lights and sudden loud noises from fireworks. 

To help keep dogs happy and relaxed during this time, experts at leading animal welfare charity, Battersea, have created a free playlist that can be accessed via Spotify of tranquil music, from the soft sounds of Bach to idyllic piano sonatas, to help make the season more enjoyable for the whole family.

Janine Pemberthy, Canine Behaviourist and Training Manager at Battersea, said: “Fireworks season can be a worrying time for our pets, but thankfully there are many things you can do to help them relaxed, including playing some calming music to distract them and help to mask the noise of fireworks. Battersea’s playlist includes a range of classical music that doesn’t have a repetitive beat or any sudden loud noises to create a soothing environment.

“Listening to our carefully curated playlist alongside following Battersea's other useful advice like setting up a cosy 'safe space’ for your pet as a quiet retreat and closing the curtains to muffle the sight and sound of fireworks will help to keep them happy and stress-free. If they are still extremely stressed by fireworks after following Battersea’s advice, consult your vet for guidance.”

When developing the playlist, Battersea’s experts took inspiration from the music that is played for animals in the charity’s kennels, using soothing melodies to create a serene environment for pets and their owners. It includes over three hours of music for dogs to enjoy and can be played on a loop for as long as it’s needed.

Battersea has plenty of tips for keeping your dogs safe during fireworks season, from slightly altering their schedule to make their dinner time and walks earlier before fireworks are likely to go off, to making sure their microchip details are up to date.

To listen to Battersea’s playlist of calming classical music for dogs, visit the charity’s Spotify page:

For more advice on keeping your pets safe during fireworks season, visit the Battersea website:


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