Dogs experience life through their keen senses, making them extra sensitive to the booms and flashes of a firework show. Unexpected sounds like this trigger the nervous system, which can make the Fourth of July a super stressful time for your pup.
It's common for dogs to fear fireworks and the best thing we can do as responsible pet owners is plan ahead so that when those fireworks start popping off, we've got the situation under control.
Here are a few tips to keep your pups calm during those 4th of July celebrations:
1. Prep work.
Where will your dog be during the firework shows? It is ideal to keep pups in a location where commotion is minimal. If you cannot relocate, then make sure you or someone is at home keep an eye on your dog, as running away and hiding is common.
2. Work it out.
Take your dog on a long walk or hike earlier in the day so they don't have excess energy or excitement as the evening rolls around.
3. Plan ahead.
If you are using anything to calm your dog during the main event, it is best to introduce it early on. If you introduce after your pup is already high anxiety, it may be less effective.
4. Play it cool.
As soon as those bangs start, act completely normal around your dog like any other night. They will feed off your energy.
5. Jam out.
Play some fun or relaxing music inside to keep your dog distracted and calm. TV works too!
6. Treat it up!