Fourth of July Safety
The 4th of July is the busiest time of year for animal shelters and rescue organizations. Dogs who panic at fireworks overwhelm the shelters, while rescue groups scramble to save dogs whose owners don’t claim them.
Here are some tips to keep your dog safe.
Make sure your dog is in a safe, escape-proof place! Keep him inside the house, in his own familiar home, where he or she feels secure.
Prepare a den for your dog, where he or she can feel safe. Fourth of July Safety crate is ideal, if he or she used to one. If you don’t have a crate, cover a table with a blanket or put his or her bed in a comfortable, secure place.
Turn the radio or TV on loud to drown out the scary sounds.
Close the curtains and turn on the lights so the flashing fireworks won’t be so bright.
Tire him out late in the afternoon – take him or her for a long walk, play fetch or tug, or let him or her play with a dog friend.
Feed him or her dinner before the fireworks start. Add some cooked white rice to his meal. A tummy full of carbs can help him or her rest.
Take him or her outside to go potty before the fireworks start.
Stay home with him or her – your presence will make him feel more secure. Make sure he’s wearing his collar and ID tag! If he or she does get lost, post ads on lost dog forums and contact your dog’s microchip registration company.
Give him or her a yummy, chewy treat, or play a game with him or her to occupy his attention during the fireworks.
Plug in a dispenser or air freshener with the scent of calming essential oils (e.g., lavender) or D.A.P. (dog appeasing pheromone.)Remember that he’ll pick up on your mood. Stay calm! Be cheerful! Show him that nothing’s wrong.
Try to ignore fearful behavior. Reward calm, relaxed behavior with pets and treats.
D O N O T: Let him or her outside in the yard during fireworks!
Take him or her to a fireworks show (even if you leave him in the car.)
Leave him or her alone – dogs are pack animals and need the security of their pack.
Fuss over him or her and try to reassure him or her– it will reward his or her fearful behavior and make him or her more likely to continue.
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