As many dog owners already know, the 4th of July can be a very stressful time for our four-legged friends. While there are many activities associated with the 4th of July that could cause your pup to feel anxious, one in particular can impact your dog the most: the beautiful firework displays that flood your social media feed each Independence Day. Keep reading below for some quick tips to keep your pup safe and relaxed this 4th of July.
Create a safe space. The best thing you can do for your pup is to keep them inside and in a familiar and safe place. Be sure to remove anything in the room that could cause harm as some dogs may become destructive when scared. If your pup has a go-to hiding spot, make sure that’s clear and accessible in the room, and if they seek that safe haven, never pull them out. As you continue to prep the room, close all curtains and blinds to minimize the sudden flashes.
Exercise before the show. The hardest and longest naps for your pup always come right after a long stint of rigorous exercise, right? So, a couple of hours before the party and fireworks start, take your dog out for a long walk, run, or even to the dog park. Anything you can do to help your pup release all their energy now will give him or her less to exert during the fireworks. Keep them awake and active for as long as you can until it’s time to go in their safe space for the night.
Provide safe distractions. If you’re home with your dog this year, try keeping their focus away from the fireworks with some quality snuggling or playtime. If you’ll be away, try giving your pup a toy they’ll love like a frozen treat or a Kong full of peanut butter to divert their attention. In combination with these treats, turn on some music or the TV. Doing so can help give your pup some different noises to focus on instead of the fireworks in the background.
Make sure your dog has proper ID. If you do plan on having your dog outside or near fireworks (which we wouldn’t recommend), make sure he’s microchipped and wearing an ID collar. The 4th of July is one of the most common times of the year for dogs to get scared and run away. Always keep your dog on a leash and as far away as possible from where the fireworks are being lit to avoid any tragic incidents.
All in all, it’s essential to keep an eye on your dog during this particular holiday. Look for signs that may indicate your pup should be removed from the situation or that they could really use some good snuggling from their favorite human to calm them down.
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