Dogs startled by gun salutes in Plymouth

A gun salute took place this afternoon in Plymouth to honour Prince Phillip who sadly died aged 99 on Friday.

The Royal Navy fired one round every minute from midday for around 40 minutes at HM Drake in Devonport, joining a series of gun salutes around the country and globe.

One Plymouth resident reported how his dogs were “petrified” as the loud gunshots began. There were reports from other dog owners that their four-legged friends were startled by the loud noises.

A number of warnings about the gun salute in Plymouth were issued by Plymouth City Council, as well as media coverage, and correspondence from the Navy.

Plymouth City Council tweeted to say: “After yesterday’s announcement of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, a 41 Gun Salute will be fired from @HMNBDevonport at midday today (Saturday 10 April) as a mark of respect for His Royal Highness.”

Outlining details of the gun salutes, a statement from Ministry of Defence said: “A Royal Navy gun salute will take place at HMS Drake at 12:00 on Saturday 10 April to mark the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“Across the country and the globe saluting batteries will fire 41 rounds at 1 round every minute for 40 minutes.

“Passes will be issued and escorts assigned before heading in convoy to the Quarterdeck.

“Media will be able to film, take images and live stream from the gun salute which will be held at the Quarterdeck in HMS Drake. Space will be made available for TV cameras, Stills photography and Reporters.

Members of the 105th Regiment Royal Artillery fire a 41-round gun salute at Edinburgh Castle, to mark the death of the Duke of Edinburgh. Picture date: Saturday April 10, 2021.
Members of the 105th Regiment Royal Artillery fire a 41-round gun salute at Edinburgh Castle, to mark the death of the Duke of Edinburgh. Picture date: Saturday April 10, 2021.
(Image: PA)

“Images and video will also be captured by Royal Navy Photographers and Videographers for distribution.”

In London, hundreds of people lined Tower Bridge overlooking where gunshots will be fired from midday in tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh.

A helicopter was also circling above the bridge as members of the Honourable Artillery Company, wearing black face coverings, stand ready to fire the huge guns over the Thames below.

Advice on keeping your dog calm in times of stress

Acclimatising your dog to noises prior to the any kind of loud noise, such as fireworks on November 5, is always a good idea.

Other tips for keeping your pooch calm:

  • Close windows and curtains to muffle the the loud sounds
  • Put on some music or TV to mask the noise
  • Create a quiet space where your dog can feel in control
  • Create some hiding places around your home

Another way to calm down your dog during times of stress can be to ditract them with a treat. A bone or chewy toy is a good idea, as the repetitive chewing motion releases serotonin – a chemical also known as the ‘feel-good’ hormone, which can help to promote relaxation.

The gun salutes across the UK and in Gibraltar ended at 12.41pm, with one round fired per minute since noon.

Plymouth Live