Most dogs don’t enjoy fireworks, what with the loud percussion, unexpected noise and flashes of light, could have your dog running for cover, or worse, running away. So with fireworks season only a few days away, you’ll be wanting to ensure your dog is calm, safe and protected; here’s our 5 tips to calm your dog during fireworks displays.
While you may not be able to drown out the noise coming from outside, it’s a good idea to ensure your dog is calm or can be calmed by just being there with them. One of the most important things you can do as a dog owner during fireworks is to “reduce your anxiety”. By this we mean that you’re sure to have everything your dog needs and what others will need to know if your dog runs off. Make sure they have their collar with their information, that their microchip is not only registered but up to date! Here’s a link to a free microchip registry: https://www.foundanimals.org/microchip-registry/owners/. Leave nothing to chance and nothing behind. Knowing your dog can be found quickly will alleviate any stress or anxiety about this time of year.
- Close up your windows and blinds/curtains to reduce the noise and flashes of light streaming into your home. If there is a place in your home that is more quiet, take your dog there and hang out with them until the fireworks display is over.
- Know in advance if your neigbours are celebrating Independence Day with fireworks, regardless of the size or class of fireworks. You’ll be able to keep your dog calm by being with them inside your home.
- Exercise your dog just before nightfall (usually dusk). Take them for a longer than usual walk or to a park where they can run for a while. But getting their energy run down will help curb their anxiety.
- Don’t leave your dog alone. Be sure you’re with them throughout the firework activities in your area. Keep them calm by creating a quiet place for them such as draping a blanket over their crate or propping up more pillows on their bed – let them get comfortable more than usual. And stay with them, talk to them and just be there for them. You could also try swaddling them (like a baby) – this trick works for most dogs.
- If you know your dog is hyper sensitive to fireworks, please don’t bring them to a fireworks display. There are other ways to celebrate the 4th of July where you can include everyone in the family.
There are a number of other ways to keep your dog calm during 4th of July fireworks, you’ll need to try as many as possible to find the one that works for your dog. Another item that we’ll be reviewing soon is the “Thundershirt Jacket” which calms your dog using a wrap (shirt) and applying gentle pressure.
Whichever method you choose to attempt to keep your dog calm during fireworks (or even thunderstorms), just know your dog will be healthier in the long run and may even get used to these loud noises and flashes of light. Getting your dog acclimated to these sounds and lights over time is what every dog owner should be striving for. We hope this article was informative and if it helped please share with friends and of course, comment below!