With the 4th of July just around the corner, many Americans are looking forward to celebrating America’s birthday. While having fun, it’s important to understand that this can be a terrifying and dangerous day for our furry friends. Many dogs are absolutely terrified of fireworks! Below, a local veterinarian discusses seven tips to help your pup cope.
One way Fido can relax is by burning off his zoomies. To do this, take your furry buddy for a long walk. Or, have a vigorous play session to help wear him out.
When used the right way, crates are very helpful. The important thing is to make sure that your dog thinks of his crate as a cushy home, and not jail. If Fido likes his crate, he might feel safer inside it. Put some soft bedding inside the crate to make him more comfortable. And, you can give him a tasty treat or toy to help keep him occupied.
Snug shirts can be beneficial to your pet if he is frightened by loud noises.These calming shirts are like weighted blankets for pooches. Of course, Fido may not like it, so you’ll need to keep an eye on his reaction.
Whenever your dog is inside, keep a radio or TV on. This can help hide the booms of the fireworks. And, the background noise can help calm Fido down.
Don’t go berzerk with cuddling; showering your dog with attention when he’s scared may inadvertently praise him for behaving nervously. With that in mind, pet and talk to Fido a little to help him relax.
Another thing you can do is buy some pet-calming pheromones. They come in a wide variety of products, including treats, collars, and sprays. Contact your local pet clinic for more information on these products.
Our canine companions all have special personas, and some are just naturally more skittish than others. If your dog is mostly high-strung, you could try desensitizing him to loud sounds. To do this, play a CD or stream something with loud noises, such as thunderstorms. Keep the volume low at first, slowly increasing it as your dog gets used to the noise. (This process could last for several days, weeks, or months.)
Have a happy Fourth! Contact your local veterinary clinic for more information on firework safety for dogs.