I have to say we've changed our approach this year as we rehomed a couple of Romanian street dogs 6 weeks ago. With previous dogs we've completely ignored the fireworks and done nothing different with our routines. The ignoring worked, and after 3 years Jack didn't bat an eyelid (sounds a long time, but fireworks don't go off all year round!). Our recent rescues are panic stricken, struggling to fit into tight spaces, shivering, etc etc. Anything new they encounter is greeted with fear initially, so you can imagine how well fireworks have gone down. We still haven't comforted them. Instead, what we have done is been very matter of fact. What we call 'jolly hockeysticks' voices, games with their favourite toy, titbits thrown around the room for them to chase. And a reassuring 'good dog' pat accompanied by 'settle down now'. So no comforting or sympathy as such, but very clearly showing them that we're not worried. And it seems to be working. While they won't go in the garden to toilet while pops and bangs are going off locally, they are both now visibly less stressed. Funny to see their heads swivel round to look at us when loud noises go off and then immediately settle back down when they see no reaction. It also seems to have speeded up the trust between us. I think they're starting to believe that we're capable of making good decisions and seem to be more relaxed in all other things too. Let's hope tonight will be the end of those bloody things until New Year though!