Suggestions on how to keep your dog safe on the 4th of July

Have a safe 4th of July

1. Keep Dog Secured – Best to keep the dog indoors.

2. Wear Proper ID

3. Create a Safe Haven – Set up crate in a quiet space away from windows — such as a basement or a larger closet — so that they can’t hear or see fireworks. Use a crate if that’s where your dog feels safe, and make sure to provide your pup with familiar toys and treats

4. Play White Noise-You can try leaving a fan, TV, or radio on to help mask the sounds of the fireworks.

5. Comfort Your Dog- Try your best to remain calm and reassuring to help your canine companion.

6. Walk Them Before the Fireworks Start-Head out for your long walk before the sun sets to increase the chances that you’ll avoid the sounds. When you do go out, you’ll want to ensure your dog is secure on a leash before your walk. Double-check the fit of your dog’s collar and leash.

7. Desensitize Your Dog to the Sounds of Fireworks -Try playing sounds of fireworks (softly) so your dog is used to hearing them. Try pairing a video of the sounds of fireworks with a treat your dog likes.Play sounds of fireworks-volume low enough that your dog can notice it, but does not show signs of stress like panting, pacing, leaving the area or trying to hide. Keep the dog below threshold.  Increase the volume gradually, varying the source of the sound, and using different recordings.

8. Talk to Your Vet-If your pet’s anxiety is severe, consider booking an appointment with your vet well in advance of July 4 for medications. 

9. Consider Hiring a Trainer-If fear is negatively impacting your pup’s life, consider enlisting the expertise of a trainer, to desensitize your dog to fireworks or other fears gradually.

Pamela Wiltgen