4 Ways to Keep Your Dog Calm on July 4th

The Fourth of July holiday, sometimes known as Independence Day, is quite the cause for outdoor celebration in the United States. This means cookouts with family and friends, outdoor picnics, lots of fun in the sun and also lots of fireworks.

While humans just love the sights and sounds of a beautiful firework display lighting up the night sky in the summer, this can be a terrifying experience for dogs. Many dogs experience extreme anxiety and fear from the sound of fireworks, which means many dogs try to run from their homes when they are scared and end up in their local shelter after roaming the streets.

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For this reason, it is important to take some precautions to prevent your sweet dog or dogs from experiencing this terror on the Fourth of July Holiday and fireworks. Here are some tips to keep your dog calm:

  1. Keep your Dog Indoors: While it may be tempting to bring your dog outside to enjoy the fireworks show with you, this is very dangerous. Keeping dogs inside will help lessen the sounds that scare them and comfort them with the familiar smells and sounds of their home environment.
  2. Turn on Music or the Television: While indoors, your dog might still be able to hear the fireworks. Turning on soothing music or the television can drown out the sound and help calm them with the fireworks begin to go off in the vicinity.
  3. Get a Doggy Friend: Can’t be home to be with your dog? Try bringing another dog into your home to comfort your dog to keep them calm while you’re away. Sometimes, the best cure for being scared and alone is to be with another dog.
  4. Take Your Dog Elsewhere: If you know there will be a major fireworks display in your neighborhood, try taking your dog to a new and quitter location instead.
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