Fireworks are a quintessential part of Fourth of July
festivities. But what can be a fun and magical night for you can feel
terrifying and stressful for your dog. The sudden, loud noises can spike your
dog’s anxiety and make him want to flee. It’s no wonder more dogs go missing on
the Fourth of July than any other day of the year.
To provide a safe and relatively stress-free evening for
your pup, take a few precautions before the fireworks begin:
Give your dog plenty of exercise early in the
day. Hopefully he will tucker out once the sun starts to set and sleep through
Provide a safe place inside where he can retreat.
A crate is a perfect place for a dog to feel safe and secure. For extra peace
of mind, your dog may want a crate cover to block out any other distractions or
Keep him occupied. Give him a Kong filled with peanut
butter or his favorite long lasting chew to give him something else to
Turn on the TV or a sound machine to drown out
the booming noises.
Talk in a calm and reassuring voice. You dog will
be looking to you for comfort, so talking to him in a soothing, calm tone lets him
know that everything is okay and under control.
Most importantly, make sure that your dog has his ID tags on
and an up-to-date microchip. That way, if he does make a run for it somehow, he
can be returned home quickly and safely.