Keeping Your Dog Calm During Fireworks

 

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 the noise.

·      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 visual stimulation.

·      Keep him occupied. Give him a Kong filled with peanut butter or his favorite long lasting chew to give him something else to concentrate on.

·      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.