Your Dog is Scared of Fireworks – Here’s How to Help

July 4th will be here soon. Many of us are really looking forward to America’s birthday bash. But, perhaps not your dog. During this time, it’s important to remember that this can be an extremely unsafe holiday for our canine friends. Fireworks absolutely terrify many pooches! Below, a local veterinarian highlights some ways to help your pup cope.

Early Workout

Your dog always is a little calmer after running around and burning off the zoomies. Take Fido out for a long walk before it gets dark. An active play session can also help tire him out.

Crate Time

Crates can be extremely helpful when used properly. The key is to make certain that your canine companion sees his crate as a comfy, cozy den, and not like a jail cell. If Fido enjoys his crate, he may feel safe inside it. Put comfy bedding in the crate to make it more appealing. And, offer your pooch a special treat or toy to help occupy him.

Calming Shirt

If your pet is terrified of loud noises, a snug shirt could benefit him. Snug shirts are kind of like weighted blankets for doggies. Not all dogs enjoy them, so you’ll need to watch how Fido reacts.

Background Noise

Turning on a radio or TV when you bring Fido inside may help. This can hide the booming sound of the fireworks. And, the background noise may help calm your furry friend down. 

Cuddles

Showering Fido with attention when he’s frightened may inadvertently reward him for being nervous. That said, if your pooch seems scared, petting and talking to him a little may help soothe him.

Pet-Calming Products

Pet-calming pheromones are other things you may want to try. There are a variety of products available like treats, collars, and sprays. Talk to your veterinarian for more information on these.

Desensitization

Our canine buddies all have different personalities, and some are just naturally more hyper than others. If Fido is mostly high-strung, you could try a desensitization process from loud noises. To do this, play a CD or stream something with a thunderstorm, for example. At first, play it at a low volume, and then increase it slowly. (This process could take several days, weeks, or months.) 

Happy Fourth of July! Contact your local vet, anytime, for more information or advice!

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