Our big celebrations for the 4th of July can also be a day that we need to be mindful of how our pets behave.
The 4th of July is a big holiday, and many people bring their pets with them to celebrate. Whether you’re celebrating at home or out in public, there are some safety measures you should take so that your pet is as safe as possible.
On the evening of July 4th is when many dogs go missing because of their fear of the sounds, they are trying to escape and then people realize the next day their pet is gone. Don’t let this happen to you!
Dogs have a keen sense of hearing and can be sensitive to noise. There are many things that can cause anxiety in dogs, including thunderstorms, fireworks, loud music and sudden noises.
The best way to help your dog is to create a safe space for them. This could be a room with no noise or one with white noise playing in the background. We have a playlist of soothing sounds for dogs you can try.
It could also be a bed or crate where they feel secure. If you have a dog with anxiety, it is important to take care of it. It can help to provide your pet with the things they like so they don’t feel anxious when they are home.
This could be anything from a bone or toy that your pet enjoys to giving them their favorite treats or meal time. There are also many different types of medications which can help to calm your pet down. For me this would be a last resort, but your vet could easily prescribe you something to keep your dog’s nerves calm on this night.
Here are some tips on what to do and what not to do on the 4th of July with your dog:
– Keep your dog leashed and with you at all times! This will help keep them from running off and getting lost or getting into any trouble with other dogs.
– However, as you know, when our dogs are puppies it is important for us to socialize them to all sorts of events they may encounter in life. Essentially bomb-proofing your dog so that are calm and at ease in just about any situation.
So one thing that maybe especially helpful is desensitizing your dog for what will be expected on the fourth of July evening.
Which can be hard if you don’t have a lot of fireworks to blast off – the next best thing is to listen and have the bright lights from a fireworks display. We have made one that lasts 30 minutes. You can start off slow and work up to having it on a loop till you are sure the bright lights and booming firework sounds don’t stress your dog.
So, with a little preparation on your part – you and your dog should be able to have a fun evening whichever way you choose is best for your furbaby!
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