With 4th of July just around the corner, now is the time to start preparing on keeping your dog safe.
Many people start setting off fireworks about two weeks before and after the holiday.
Dogs are afraid of fireworks because:
- they’re loud
- they pose a threat
- they’re unpredictable and
- fireworks make your dog feel trapped.
I made this infographic for quick access on ways to calm your dog during loud noises, like fireworks and thunder, plus other stressful loud noises they might encounter on a regular basis.
I added gunshots because if you live out in the country (like I do) you experience gunshots daily during hunting season.
Whether your dog is indoors or outdoors, have a place set up where they can feel safe. I call this their “safe haven.” Some dogs feel safe in their crate or dog house, while others might feel safe in the barn or inside your home.
A safe place is considered something they are familiar with and not something new to them. I don’t suggest buying something new to place your dog in without proper adaptation. Because if you do, you might find your dog more anxious.
Familiarity is the key to helping keep your dog calm, like having their favorite toy or blanket with them in their safe haven.
If you do plan on going out on the 4th of July and leaving your dog home, you might want to check your local area for a dog sitter who can stay with your dog while you’re away.
I recommend not taking your dog where you know there are going to be fireworks unless you are absolutely sure they can deal with it and not freak out. And even then, please put your dog on a leash and keep right next to you.
If you’re pooch does run away from your home, always check with all the neighbors and do a thorough check of your property. I’ve found that dogs tend to stay close to home, within a 5 mile distance. I know this both from personal experience from when Willy went missing a few years back and from friend’s experiences.
You will find that being prepared for these stressful times is the key to helping your dog stay calm.
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