7 Easy Tips to Help Your Anxious Dog During July 4th Fireworks

July 1, 2024
With the 4th of July right around the corner, you may be concerned about your furbaby being comfortable during the huge bangs of the fireworks. But, have no fear! We have a few simple tips that’ll help ease their perky ears and your worry. 

1. Create A Safe Space

Provide your anxious dog with a safe, indoor room or secluded area where they can be tucked away from any celebrations and as far away from the source of the fireworks as possible. Somewhere away from windows, with a cozy bed, toys and their favorite treats, is a good place to start. 

2. Provide Alternate Noise

Turn a TV on, leave music playing, or have white noise playing in the background during the fireworks. Maybe some bird chirping videos on YouTube! Though this may not completely drown out the booms from the fireworks, it may help them to feel more comfortable. 

3. Give them Extra Exercise During the Day 

Before night falls and the fireworks begin, taking your dog for a long walk or giving them extra playtime can help them release excess energy. This is a great way to lure them to sleep easier and (hopefully) not be as bothered by the big bangs.

4. Have a Friend Dog Sit

Alternatively, if you happen to know someone who lives where there won’t be many fireworks, you may be able to persuade them to dog sit for you! This way, your furbaby can be in a quiet place with less ruckus going on.

5. Dress them in Calming Attire

With the rise in popularity of calming/compression shirts for dogs to help alleviate anxiety and fear from bad weather, separation anxiety, and general fearfulness, there's no shortage of options on the market that may help your pup through the loud noises and commotion throughout the night.

6. Update their Leash and Collar

Lastly, if all else fails and your pup darts out of the house (who left the door open?!) because they’re scared beyond your attempts to calm them, you want to be sure that they are wearing a collar with updated tags. It may even be a better idea to have them microchipped, just in case. Many times, a dog may run away to hide from the loud noises and can likely be lost or picked up by animal control. 

7. Consult Your Veterinarian

If your dog's anxiety is severe, it may be worth discussing with your veterinarian. They can provide professional advice and may prescribe medication to help manage your dog's anxiety during the July 4th fireworks.

To summarize, getting your dog ready and prepared for the 4th of July is something to plan for. The main thing is to keep them safe and feeling as calm as possible. In turn, this will make your celebrations easier and more enjoyable! Happy 4th!

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