Dog Safety On the 4th of July: How to Help Them Survive Through Fireworks

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The 4th of July is a day to celebrate the independence and get together with the family for some barbecuing. It’s a great way to enjoy and relax through the weekend and also get to see a spectacular fireworks display. But not all are thrilled about this big holiday – especially your dogs.

Besides the New Year, the 4th of July is also a scary holiday for the dogs because of the deafening sounds of the fireworks. The sudden and loud bang can make them feel anxious and even terrorized.

Dogs can easily be spooked by fireworks.

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It also turns out that shelters happen to have an influx of residents the day after 4th of July because of dogs running away from homes out of fear. Your dog doesn’t have to endure all of that with simple tips that should help them feel safe throughout the holiday.

What to do to keep your dogs safe during 4th of July

1. Always keep your dog inside your house and don’t leave his side.
2. Filter the loud sounds as much as you can by closing windows and doors and turning your TV on.
3. Act normal and go about your usual routine. Do not baby talk your dog to comfort him. Your dog is likely to pick up your aura and if you’re confident about the situation, he’ll likely act the same way.
4. During the firework display, make sure your dog has a safe spot in your house where he can retreat and you can leave him alone.

On the other hand, if your dog persists on feeling anxious about anything other than fireworks on the 4th of July, it’s best to consult an animal behavior expert to help in the matter.

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[Featured Image by Dennis Matheson/Flickr]

h/t: Dogtime