The 4th of July is right around the corner and many of us will be celebrating the holiday with fireworks. While fireworks are fun and entertaining for us, our dogs don’t share that same excitement.
The loud noises from fireworks trigger their nervous systems, making them scared or anxious. Running from loud noises is a survival instinct, and because of this, more pets run away on July 4th than any other day of the year.
Here are some tips to help keep your dog calm, comfortable, and safe during the firework festivities.
Give them Exercise
Help your dog burn extra energy with a long walk or a game of fetch before the festivities. This helps tire them out, making them more focused on sleeping and resting, than the firework display going on outside.
Keep them Home
It is not a good idea to take your dog out to a firework show. Keep them home and inside where they feel safe and comfortable. If needed skip the firework show and stay home with your pup.
Give them a Safe Space
Most dogs like to hide in small enclosed areas like a crate or under furniture. Help make their safe space feel extra safe and calm. Keep all doors and windows closed to help mute the sound from fireworks, but also to prevent them from escaping. Close curtains to help block the bright flashes of light, and turn on the TV or play music to help mask the sound of the fireworks.
Adjust their Focus
Once in their safe space, adjust their focus to a favorite chew toy, or give them a special treat. This will help them be more focused on something else, instead of the fireworks and less likely to get spooked by them.
Keep Id Tags Up To Date
Make sure your dog’s ID Tags are up to date, and securely attached to a properly fitted collar. That way if your dog does manage to escape, they’ll have a better chance of making it back home.
Remember to take the necessary precautions to help keep your dog safe this 4th of July.