If your dog is anything like mine, nothing is more terrifying to him than fireworks. Needless to say, the July 4 holiday is a scary time for most dogs. In fact, more pets run away on this holiday than any other day of the year. We get it – there are loud booming sounds, bright bursts of light in the sky and smoke filling the air. Here’s a list of ways to protect your dog from fireworks this July 4:
- Make sure your dog is wearing dog tags that are up-to-date
As we mentioned, dogs are known to run away from home on the 4th of July out of fear. Be sure your dog has a properly fitting collar with updated dog tags, just in case.
- Keep your dog inside
If possible, keep your dog in your home or a friend’s home in a secure room for the duration of the festivities.
- Keep doors, windows and curtains closed
Shutting out the bright lights and sounds will help your pup’s anxieties.
- Bring a kennel
For dogs that are used to a kennel, this can feel like a safe space.
- Let dog out to go to the bathroom more frequently
Just like humans, dogs need to use the restroom more often when they’re anxious or scared. Don’t forget to bring a leash so you can safely let your dog out without the fear of it running away.
- For extreme cases, sedation
If your dog is known to be overly anxious or aggressive, talk to your vet about options for sedation.
- Acclimate your dog to the harsh sound of fireworks in advance
Play the sound of fireworks for your dog in the weeks leading up to the 4th of July to minimize their shock.
- Remain calm for your dog
Your dog will respond to your calm energy. Remember to pet your pup andspeak softly to it – nothing will help more than an owner’s reassurance!
Bring your dog plenty of toys and treats to distract it from its own fear.
- Don’t worry about your dog missing out
We all want our dogs to be included in everything, but this is the time to think of your dog’s experience and put your feelings aside.
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