Fireworks are often a terrifying experience for our pets, especially dogs. Did you know that July 5th is usually the busiest day of the year for Animal Shelters? So many pets get lost trying to get away from the incredible BOOMS of Fireworks. Summer Fireworks are inevitable, especially here in America’s Hometown, but there are several ways to keep your dog calm during this stressful time. These 5 ways to keep your dog calm during fireworks will allow your pet to enjoy summer calmly from the comfort and safety of their own home.
1. Provide a safe space for your dog
Creating a space where your pup can go to feel safe and protected during a scary time (e.g Fireworks or severe storms) will ease their anxiety. A crate is a great place to start. Include a bed, add their favorite blanket, give them a few toys for comfort and their cozy den will feel like a safe house when things get spooky. Setting up an intentional space for them to feel safe is key so they have more options than just hiding under your bed.
2. Desensitize your pet to Fireworks
Playing videos/recordings of Fireworks at home in short spurts can help your pet to become more comfortable with the “real thing”. Using a video like this one here (YouTube Fireworks Video) is a great place to start. Don’t overdo it, however. If after a couple of these sessions your dog’s reaction has not eased you may want to switch gears and focus on playing music or watching TV during the outdoor festivities. Shutting the curtains can help muffle the sound as well as hide the visual component.
Never underestimate the power of EXERCISE! Taking your dog for a nice long walk in the morning, a Fireworks-free time, will help to ease their anxiety in the evening. As the saying goes “A tired pup is a happy pup”. Having been properly exercised that day they are more likely to sleep or feel relaxed during stressful times. Be sure to take proper care when exercising your dog during the summer months. We recommend walking your dog during morning hours when the temperatures are cooler, and the ground is not hot/harmful to their paws.
4. Be home with your dog during Firework times
This option is not for everyone, but if possible stay home with your pet during prime Fireworks hours. Your presence will provide the best possible comfort to your four-legged baby. Being home allows you to problem solve, distract, and pivot as needed. When you are home you can adjust the TV volume and put on or take off their Thundershirt, as needed. The Thundershirt is another great tool to keep dogs calm during stressful times. Give them delicious treats to keep their mind off their anxiety or distract them by playing with them. Overall, they will be happier and less stressed knowing you are with them.
If you cannot be home, you may want to purchase a Dogness Smart Camera with treat dispenser. This will allow you to keep a close eye on your pet and provide a delicious distraction for them until they are safe in your arms again.
5. Talk with your vet
If you implement the above tips and your pet is still riddled with anxiety reach out to your veterinarian. There are many calming agent options a vet can recommend for your pet. This includes anything from all-natural CBD oils to calming chews as well as over-the-counter and prescription medications. Your Vet will be able to guide you in the best direction for your pet given their history and current state.
As pet parents, our best intention is to keep our fur babies safe. Fireworks, and our pets’ reactions to them, can be unpredictable. Pets escape from homes despite our best efforts. Make sure your pet comes home safely by keeping their ID tags up to date. Be sure to include your pets’ name, a working phone number, and your current street address.
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