Is your dog terrified of the fireworks on the 4th of July? Most dogs are and so today I want to give you 10 tips on how to keep your dog calm and safe when the sky lights up.
As you know, I’m big on helping people understand why their dogs act the way they do. Dogs are afraid of fireworks because they are LOUD. A dog’s hearing is acutely more sensitive than ours. Not only can the fireworks noise hurt their ears, but we need to remember this noise comes suddenly, without warning, and it’s not a pleasant surprise for them. Dogs also have no context for the fireworks. The 4th of July is a people holiday after all.
Let’s get into the tips.
1. Prepare in advance.
Microchip your dog if you haven’t already. If your dog is already microchipped, be sure to update your contact info with microchip company.
Outfitting your dog with a collar, with a tag with your information, is also smart. A GPS tracker is even better!
Lastly, be sure to snap a current photo of your dog. If he runs away during the fireworks, you can immediately post his pic and get the word out.
Pro Tip: If you forgot the name of the microchip company, go to http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/ to enter the microchip number to find out who you registered it with.
2. Keep your dog inside, even if they are an outside dog.
They can get through or over fences if they’re scared enough. They can also chase fireworks and burn their mouths if they catch one.
According to a National Council of Pet Population Study and Policy, a family pet is lost every two seconds, and although exact numbers are not available, shelters across the nation report that July 5 is historically their busiest day of the year for taking in strays.
3. Stay calm yourself.
As someone who works with pets’ energy fields to bring about changes in their behavior, I can tell you that they absolutely pick up on your nervousness, and it makes them nervous too.
4. Exercise your dog beforehand to wear them out and help keep them calm.
A tired dog is a less anxious dog.
5. Try CBD oil or all-natural calming chews.
They won’t take the anxiety down to zero, but they can help.
6. Feed your dog beforehand.
A full belly makes for a sleepy dog. Consider carbs, like dog cookies or brown rice. If you feed raw, you may want to make an exception as a one-time treat.
7. Take your dog out to poop and pee before the fireworks start.
They REALLY aren’t going to want to go outside once the shows start, and you don’t want them having accidents in your home either.
8. Play calming music.
You can find calming music, made just for dogs, on the Internet.
9. Buy your dog a Thundershirt.
They don’t work for everyone, but they’re worth a shot.
10. Stay home if your dog has a severe anxiety issue.
Your dog needs you!
Bonus tip for the day after: Before you let your dog out the next day, clean up your yard and street of any fireworks debris, broken glass, and partially full beer bottles. You don’t want your pet injured!
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