Fourth of July and Fireworks Safety
The Fourth of July can be a particularly stressful holiday for dogs. More pets run away on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year, so you should take extra steps to ensure their safety.
- If you’re going to a fireworks display. Leave your dog at home. Very few dogs can handle all of the activity and loud noises without becoming stressed out.
- Arrange a safe place for your dog to be during the fireworks. A kennel or small room in your house is usually a good idea. Leave the TV or radio on to provide some background noise to help drown out the fireworks.
- Frozen Kong toys filled with treats are a great idea to keep him occupied with his mind off the noise!
- Try and get your dog plenty of exercise earlier in the day. Utilize your treadmill training! A tired dog is more likely to stay asleep during the fireworks.
- Slowly desensitize your dog to the sound by playing recorded firework noises weeks before the big night! Start quietly and gradually increase the volume as your dog gets used to the sound without becoming nervous or worried. Play a fun game of fetch with him to keep him focused on fun!
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