With so many dogs terrified of fireworks, 4th of July can be a frightening time for pups everywhere. In fact, July 5th is often the busiest day of the year at animal shelters, as pets run off from home in fear, found lost and confused the next day.
We’ve created this handy infographic to help owners keep their dogs safe during 4th of July fireworks (these tips apply to New Years fireworks and any other situations involving fireworks as well).
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How to Calm Dog During Fireworks: Bonus Tips
In addition to the advice detailed in our infographic, we have a few more tips for keeping your dog calm during fireworks.
- Exercise Your Pet. Earlier in the day, try to take your pooch for a good long walk to tire him out. This may help him from getting overly anxious later in the evening when the fireworks go off.
- Thundershirt. Many owners swear by the power of the Thundershirt – a wrap around vest your dog wears that is said to instantly calm them down. Grab the official Thundershirt, or try making your own DIY version.
- Leave The TV On. While we mentioned playing firework sounds to desensitize your pet early on, it’s also not a bad idea to keep the radio or TV on if you plan on being out during the fireworks. Other sounds may distract your pet from the booming firework noises.
- Shut The Curtains. Close the windows and curtains during fireworks to minimize sound and keep your dog feeling safe.
Do you have any other tips for keeping dogs calm during fireworks? Share your advice in the comments!