8 tips for a fun 4th of July with your pets
It’s that time of year again!
Time for hot dogs, apple pie, and–for some pups and their parents–those dreaded fireworks. For many dog owners, the next two weeks are the worst time of the year, as many start setting off noisemakers early. Here are a few tips to help your dog (and you!) survive the upcoming revelry.
#1 – Keep your dog indoors
Not only is the noise much louder outside, but the 4th of July sees an upswing in lost pets. Some dogs get scared, find a way out of the yard, and run for their lives. Also, watch that your dog doesn’t bolt out the door if you happen to have it open during an ill-timed firework.
#2 – Make some (white) noise
However, having some “white noise” in the background such as soothing music (try these CD’s made specifically to calm dogs and work on overcoming their firework fear), the TV, even fans can help drown out the noise that’s happening outside, leading to a calmer dog. Just don’t blare whatever you are playing – that won’t help your dog, either.
#3 – Stay home
Your dog will be a lot less anxious if you are there and you can ensure she doesn’t escape. Some dogs get so frantic and will even jump through windows in an attempt to flee the noise.
#4 – Create a quiet space
Most dogs that are fearful want to hide. Help your dog feel comfortable by creating a “den” for them to hide in. A covered kennel in a quiet back room with white noise can really help. Give them a favorite chewy or stuffed Kong to occupy them.
#5 –Take them out one more time before the noise
Another thing to be sure and do is to take your dog out for his last potty break before the noise starts. A lot of nervous dogs won’t go after the noise begins (they might not eat either!), so feed him early, too.
#6 – Give them a chill pill.
If you’re really worried about a pet who stresses easily, talk to your vet in advance about anti-anxiety chews, drops or other remedies that can help your pet relax. There are plenty of prescription and homeopathic solutions out there that can help your pet get the extra dose of relaxation that he or she needs
#7 - Update Your Dog’s Collar & Tags
It’s not uncommon for dogs to escape and bolt during fireworks out of fear. In fact, July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters, as they spend most of the day making phone calls and trying to reunite missing pets with their frantic owners.
Make sure your dog has a properly fitting collar and ID tags with contact info, just in case he takes off. It’s also smart to have recent photos of your dog on hand to send to shelters so they can keep an eye out for your pooch.
If you know your dog is especially prone to taking off at the sound of firecrackers, consider getting your pooch geared up with a dog GPS tracker so you can locate them once things have calmed down.
#8 - Use our calming scent
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Remember no dog likes fireworks and as a pet parent, you can make a big difference in your dog’s life by putting in place some small measures like the ones mentioned above. This way your whole family has the kind of Fourth of July they’ll enjoy and remember for years to come!