It's almost time for barbeques, block parties and ... lots of fireworks! For people, it's a lot of fun - for dogs it can be petrifying. Neighbors setting off fireworks can send our beloved pets into a complete frenzy.
As a result, more pets go missing on July 4th than any other time of the year! Lost pets increase 30% from July 4-6. For many animal shelters, July 5th is the busiest day of the year.
Here are some tips on how to keep your canine friends as calm as possible during this "noisy" holiday. We hope you find them helpful.
- Desensitize your pup! Get your dog accustomed to the sound of fireworks so the real thing won't be scary! Play sound recordings of fireworks during playtime with your dog to associate the sound with positive experiences!
- Give your dog a safe space. A crate can give your dog a safe space to hide during fireworks.
- Distract with toys. Give toys to distract your dog during fireworks.
- Outfit your dog with collar and tags. Have recent photos of your dog on hand in case he gets out of the house and bolts! Make sure your pooch has tags with up-to-date contact information.
- Stay home (If you can). Ultimately, your dog will be happiest with you by his side, so if you can stay home, do it!
Here are some tips on how to calm your dog during fireworks:
- Exercise your Pet. Earlier in the day, try to take your dog for a good long walk to tire him out. This may help him from getting overly anxious later in the evening when the fireworks go off.
- Thundershirt. Many owners swear by the power of the Thundershirt -- a wrap-around vest your dog wears that is said to instantly calm them down.
- Leave the TV On. While we mentioned playing firework sounds to desensitize your pet early on, it's also not a bad idea to keep the radio or TV on if you plan on being out during the fireworks. Other sounds may distract your pet from the booming firework noises.
- Shut the Curtains. Close the windows and curtains during the fireworks to minimize sound and keep your dog feeling safe.
Wishing you and your canine friends a Happy 4th of July!
Grateful Goldens Rescue
* These excellent tips were found on the website of K9 of Mine by Meg Marrs, Founder and Senior Editor of K9 of Mine.