Independence Day celebrations are fun for people, but not so fun for dogs. It’s often frightening for them to hear the noise of the fireworks, especially when they’re home alone. More dogs are lost on the 4th of July than any other day of the year. However, there are a few crucial steps we can take to keep our dogs safe. Read on for 4th of July dog safety tips.
Avoiding Noise and Crowds
Dogs often get overwhelmed in crowded places. They’re much more sensitive to noise, which is also why fireworks displays can be so troubling for them. If your dog gets nervous around big groups and loud noises, it’s a good idea to keep him at home.
It can be difficult to completely isolate dogs from the noise of fireworks, but there are some ways to minimize the stress.
How to Calm Your Dog During Fireworks
Put your dog somewhere he feels safe and secure. Don’t leave him unattended in the yard or on a balcony. Keep doors closed so he can’t run away and get lost.
If your dog is a big worrier, try asking your veterinarian about some anti-anxiety remedies. There are different types of chews, pills, and drops that might help.
Some dog owners have found success using a thundershirt to help calm their dogs’ nerves. Thundershirts are specially designed to help dogs feel safe and secure. They might not work for every dog, people have reported a significant decrease in their dog’s stress levels.
It could be helpful to play some calming music or white noise during the fireworks to help drown out the noise. Maybe your dog has a favorite genre of music you could play on the radio!
Staying Prepared on the 4th of July
It’s extremely important to keep all alcohol, chemicals, bug repellant, fireworks, sparklers, and glowsticks out of your dog’s reach. These things can be dangerous or toxic if ingested.
A key to 4th of July dog safety is to keep your dog’s collar on him at all times around this holiday. It’s unfortunately very common for pets to be lost during the festivities, especially when they get spooked. Make sure his collar has up-to-date information on the tags.
Before the fireworks start, use the afternoon hours to take your dog out and let him exercise. You won’t want him full of energy when he’s nervous. Make sure he gets a bathroom break before the fireworks start; many dogs have accidents when they’re nervous.
Keeping Your Dog Busy During Fireworks
You can try offering your dog a long-lasting chew treat to keep his mind off the noise. Or maybe try a Kong toy stuffed with peanut butter or another food he likes. There are tons of Kong-stuffing recipes online. Additionally, there are puzzle toys you can fill with treats that will keep your dog busy as he tries to figure out how to get them. This is one of my new favorite puzzle toys for our two pups. Check online or at your local pet supply store in advance so you and your pup are ready for the 4th.
If you don’t like the noise either, or you’re planning on staying home anyway, keep your dog company. Perhaps he would enjoy some playtime or cuddles during the scary noise of the fireworks and festivities.
The celebrations that take place on the 4th of July are lots of fun, but it’s important to keep your dog in mind when the fireworks start. Help him feel safe, keep him busy, and be prepared.
Have a fun 4th of July!