MY DOG IS SCARED OF FIREWORKS, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
FOR MANY DOGS AND DOG OWNERS, THE FOURTH OF JULY IS ONE OF THE WORST DAYS OF THE YEAR.
With the Fourth of July right around the corner, it’s important to discuss fireworks and dogs. Sadly, there is roughly a 30-60% increase in the amount of lost pets during July 4th and 6th nationwide. A large contribution to this is scared pets running away from the sounds of fireworks. Even sadder yet, it’s estimated only 14% of those pets are ever returned to their owners.
Here’s what you can do to help your pet during the Fourth:
1. STAY INSIDE WITH YOUR DOG ON THE FOURTH:
We’re not saying don’t celebrate, or go outside the entire night, but it’s best your dog is accompanied if they are scared during fireworks celebrations. So, if your dog is scared when the show begins, take one for the team and give them some company. This can help calm them, just knowing that their owner is nearby.
2. BE CAREFUL WHEN OUTSIDE WITH YOUR DOG:
Don’t leave your dog outside unattended. It’s best to make sure they’re on a leash at all times when outside during the week of the Fourth, because celebrations surrounding the Fourth of July often occur randomly throughout the week.
3. TRY TO ACCUSTOM YOUR DOG TO THE SOUND OF FIREWORKS:
If you have a new dog who has never been around the sound of fireworks, maybe try to acclimate them to the sound using your computer. Gradually turn up the sound volume, and see how they react. This can help gauge their level of anxiety, and let you know how to best tend to their needs.
4. MAKE SURE YOUR DOG HAS IDENTIFICATION:
Is your dog microchipped? Does his or her collar have your contact information? Little things like this can be instrumental in returning any lost dogs.
5. BE COURTEOUS TO YOUR NEIGHBORS ON THE FOURTH:
If your neighbors have dogs, and you don’t, or their dogs behave differently around fireworks than yours, be considerate. In fact, many humans have anxiety with fireworks too, especially veterans. It’s estimated that thousands of veterans with PTSD are alarmed by random fireworks displays each Fourth of July. It never hurts to knock on your neighbor’s door, ask a few questions, and ensure that you’re being considerate of others. Give them a heads up if you do plan on using fireworks, too, so that they can plan accordingly with their pets.
EACH DOG IS DIFFERENT, AND DIFFERENT TIPS HELP MORE DOGS THAN OTHERS. THE BIGGEST TAKEAWAY IS TO BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHERS, AND YOUR DOG.
We hope you have a safe, and fun Fourth of July!