Preparing for the Fourth of July
People love the Fourth of July celebrations, but pups...not so much. The flashes and booms of the fireworks are enough to send some dogs running for the hills, so it's important to get your pack prepared to be both safe and comfortable during the holiday.
The IDed Dog
First and foremost, make sure your dog is wearing her collar and tags at all times on the Fourth of July! It's one of those holidays during which tons of pets get loose, and if yours is somehow lost, you'll want her to be returned as easily as possible. Be sure her tag has current contact information and get her microchipped if possible, too.
Going someplace loud and crowded to watch the fireworks show? While we're all for bringing Fido along for any fun adventure, think about whether your activities will truly be fun for him. Most dogs really don't like fireworks at all, so neither of you will have a good time if you have to comfort him during the whole show and try to keep him from running away from the clamor. In that case,it's better to leave him comfortably indoors at home. You can turn on some quiet classical music to drown out the sound of any neighborhood fireworks and make sure he's somewhere he feels safe.
The Furry Friend
If you've got a dog with anxiety and your friend has a happy-go-lucky, easy peasy pup, your dog may benefit from spending time with him indoors. Sometimes all it takes is one confident dog to change the pack's mood. So, if you'll be hanging out with friends for the Fourth, think about whether any of your dog's furry friends will be around to brighten her mood and be a fun playmate! And even if all the dogs at the Fourth of July celebration are a bit nervous from all the hubbub, it can still be nice for them to have company.
The Choosey Chewer
If you're not checking out a fireworks show yourself but can see or hear them from your Fourth of July gathering anyway, a good choice for distracting your dog from the noise is a safe natural chew like elk antlers. He'll be able to focus his nervous energy on chew-chew-chewing safe inside and won't have to worry about all the scary flashes and booms outside.
The Scaredy-Cat Dog
Some dogs are more seriously scared of fireworks than others. If yours has storm anxiety or has been known to really freak out at the sound of fireworks, further precautions may be necessary. Some people find success with tools like Thunder Shirts while others consult their veterinarians for advice on how to curb situational anxiety more effectively.
What ever you do to celebrate during any major holiday, be sure to have lots of fun and keep your dog safe, too!
Do you have something exciting planned for Independence Day? Let us know in the comments.