How to Help Your Dog Cope with Fireworks
It’s almost that time again. Time for barbecues, parades, and celebrating the good old red, white, and blue. And we all know how the celebration ends – fireworks! Most children (and adults, too) look forward to the big community fireworks show with excitement. It can be surreal fun watching and listening to all the fireworks sparkling and exploding in the neighborhood. But you know who is not so keen on all the pyrotechnics? That’s right, your dog.
So how do you make the most of the fireworks all around while helping your poor pooch stay calm? A few thoughtful tips will help make the holiday easier – for both of you.
Work off Tension in Advance
Of course, you know that you and your dog should get a good walk every day. Your veterinarian surely tells you this during each checkup. This is especially important come Independence Day. Take her for a nice long walk that morning to help work off any initial wiggles and tension. Since it is likely to be hot that day, take precautions like going out extra early before it gets really hot and taking along plenty of water for both of you.
Build a Fortress of Solitude for Your Dog
When the sky above starts erupting, your dog will need to have a place that feels safe and calm. The best place will probably be your home. Keep your dog inside while fireworks are happening. If you can, close the windows and blinds to help isolate him from the chaos outside. You may even want to turn up some soothing music to help drown out the explosions outside. If possible, having someone stay inside with him will help a lot. Also, give your dog some fun toys to help distract him.
Understand Your Dog
Perhaps the best thing you can do overall is to try to understand how your dog feels. The noise of fireworks can be terrifying to some dogs. They come at unpredictable intervals and levels of sound. That can be very unnerving. Even the rumble of distant fireworks can sound like a giant growling beast to an unsuspecting dog.
By understanding how Independence Day celebrations appear to your dog, you can see how something so familiar to you can seem to traumatic to your dog. Taking a little time to prepare beforehand can make the day (and especially the evening) much more enjoyable for both of you.
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