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Teach Your Dog How to Cope With Fireworks

July 1, 2021

With just a few days away, many of us are excited to celebrate America’s much-anticipated birthday bash on July 4th. But, in all of the excitement, it’s also a good idea to remember that this can be a highly dangerous holiday for our canine friends. Many dogs are completely terrified of fireworks! A local pet vet talks about some ways to help Fido cope.


 Crate Time

Crates are very helpful when used the right way. Most importantly, make sure that your pooch feels comfy and cozy in his crate, and not like he is in prison. If your canine companion enjoys his crate, he could feel safer inside it. Make certain he has cushy bedding. And, offer him a tasty treat or toy to help him stay busy.


Early Workout

Your pup is always a little more relaxed after burning off some of the zoomies. Knowing this, take Fido for a long walk before nighttime. Vigorous playing will also help calm him down.


Background Noise

Keep on a radio or TV when you bring Fido inside to help mask the sound of the fireworks. The background noise can also help calm your furry friend. 


Calming Shirt

If your furry buddy is extremely frightened of loud noises, he might benefit from wearing a snug shirt. Snug shirts are like the equivalent of weighted blankets for pups. Not all dogs love them, so watch Fido’s reaction.


Cuddles

You don’t want to go berserk here; showering Fido with attention when he’s scared might inadvertently praise him for nervous behavior. With that in mind, if your dog is frightened, petting and talking to him a little can help relax him.


Desensitization

All of our canine companions have special personalities, and some are just naturally more skittish than others. If your pooch is generally high-strung, you could try desensitizing him to loud sounds. Using a CD or streaming service, play something with loud noises, such as a thunderstorm. At first, keep the volume low, and then increase it slowly over the course of several days, weeks, or even months, depending on Fido’s needs.


Pet-Calming Products

Pet-calming pheromones are other things you may want to try. There are various products available, such as treats, sprays, and collars. Consult with your pet vet for more information.


Happy Fourth of July! Contact your local veterinarian for more information on firework safety for your pet.

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