Here are the top 5 tips to keep your dog safe around fireworks this July 4th holiday:
- Be aware of your dog's triggers. Some dogs are more sensitive to fireworks than others. If your dog has a history of being scared of fireworks, it's important to be extra cautious. Pay attention to your dog's body language and behavior. If they start to seem anxious or stressed, take them to a safe place away from the fireworks.
- Create a safe haven for your dog. This could be a crate, a quiet room, or even a basement. Make sure the space is comfortable and has plenty of familiar toys and bedding. You can also try playing calming music or white noise to help block out the sounds of the fireworks.
- Exercise your dog before the fireworks start. A tired dog is a happy dog! A long walk or a vigorous play session can help to tire your dog out and make them less likely to be scared of the fireworks.
- Stay calm yourself. Dogs can sense our emotions, so it's important to stay calm yourself if your dog is scared of fireworks. If you start to panic, your dog will likely panic as well.
- Consider using calming supplements. There are a number of natural supplements that can help to calm anxious dogs. Talk to your veterinarian about which supplement might be right for your dog.
- If you're going to be out celebrating, make sure your dog has proper identification and is microchipped.
- If you're going to be away from home, board your dog at a kennel or ask a trusted friend or family member to watch them.
- Never leave your dog alone outside during fireworks.
- If your dog does become scared or anxious, be patient and understanding. Don't punish them for their reaction.
- With a little planning and preparation, you can help your dog have a safe and happy Fourth of July.