Fireworks can be a lot of fun for us but many dogs are terrified of them. Here are some tips to help your dog get through the 4th of July fireworks.
  1. Create a safe place for your dog to go when they’re feeling stressed. Dogs like areas that feel like a den. Create a space away from windows and where they can’t see or hear fireworks. Some dogs prefer being in their crate, which is fine, and you can cover the crate with a blanket to further block out the sights and sounds of fireworks.
  2. Be up to date with your dog’s identification on their collar and for their microchip.
  3. Do not leave your dog unattended during the fireworks.
  4. It is best to exercise or walk your dog earlier in the day, before the fireworks begin
  5. When left outside (or let outside to potty), many dogs run away when they hear fireworks. The best thing is not to leave them outside and if you do have to take them outside, put them on a leash and stay with them in case they try to run away. Dogs have been known to dig under fences during fireworks (even if they typically do not) so it’s a good idea to supervise them while they are outside, even in a fenced in area.
  6. Avoid seeming frantic or upset so that your dog doesn’t think he has a reason to be stressed. The calmer you are, the better it is for your dog.
  7. Having music, the TV or a fan on can help to mask the sound of fireworks.
  8. For some dogs, wearing a thundershirt is helpful.
  9. Diffusing essential oils can be very calming for dogs.
  10. It is best to avoid taking your dog to a firework display.

American Kennel Club
Dr. Janet Roark (including a helpful essential oil blend for your diffuser)


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