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Calming Your Dog During Fireworks

Its nearly the Fourth of July and that meansIndependence Day fireworks celebrations all over the country. While humans mayooh and aah over the sparkling bursts of light in the night sky, dogs are terrifiedof fireworks.

 

Its nearly the Fourth of July and that meansIndependence Day fireworks celebrations all over the country. While humans mayooh and aah over the sparkling bursts of light in the night sky, dogs are terrifiedof fireworks.

Most dogs have aninbreed phobia when it comes to loud noises like fireworks - but there arethings you can do to help alleviate your dogs anxiety during fireworks.

Leave Fido at home.If at all possible, leave your canine companion at home. Taking them to afireworks display is a bad idea .But if you do leave them at home; its a betteroption to also stay home with them.

Give your dog a hug. The idea isthat the tight grip from a hugging reduces fear in the dog by maintainingconstant pressure.  This is the theorybehind the dog wraps and products that purport to hug your dogs body to reduceanxiety during thunderstorms or fireworks. If youre planning on using one of these shirts you should get yourdog accustom to it before hand, so they have a positive association with wearingthe garment.

Prepare your house.You want to create a familiar environment that keeps the noise out and makesyour dog feel safe and secure. Keep some lights on to calm the dog. Close the curtainsor put your pet in its crate and cover with a dark blanket. You should put onfamiliar sounds like music or the TV. And you can also give your pet some oftheir favorite chew toys, balls, etc., to keep themamused and distracted.

Make sure tags andIDs are up-to-date.  Pets have beenknown to escape as a result of their increased anxiety during fireworks. Makesure your dog has on the appropriate tags and microchips just in case they domanage to escape your house or yard. Having all the IDs in place will increaseyour chances of finding the dog if they get loose.

Don't punish yourdog. Some dogs react to stress with digging or scratching behaviors, andpunishing your dog for them will not help stop this. Instead stay as calm aspossible. Your pet can sense when youre stressed, so try and remain evenkeeled and reassuring.


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