Keeping Your Pet Safe this 4th of July

It’s that time of year again. Barbeques, family fun, and fireworks, and frightened dogs — the 4th of July.

If your dogs are like ours, they probably experience anxiety during Independence Day celebrations. The noises from fireworks can spook them, making them react in unpredictable ways. Their keen sense of hearing amplifies the sounds so they are louder to dogs than they are to us. From scrambling to get indoors, to escaping the yard, even hiding under beds, your dogs will do anything to feel safe.

We all want to keep our dogs safe from harm and keep them calm on July 4th, so here are a few to do.

Bring Outdoor Dogs Inside

If you’re a family that believes dogs should be outside, that’s fine. But, for their protection, they should come indoors.

The loud bangs, booms, and shrieks from fireworks can startle dogs and cause them to flee. This holiday is a time when many dogs escape their yards, looking for safety away from the sounds.

Create a safe space for them inside where they can feel comfortable. The bathroom is a place where our dogs feel safe from the fireworks noises because there are no windows so they can’t hear the sound as loudly. 

If the bathroom isn’t suitable a walk-in closet or a even a dog crate can help your pups feel secure when the fireworks start.

Don’t Take Them to Celebration Events

Crowded places can also evoke anxiety in dogs. Add that to the noisiness of children playing, adult chatter, loud music, and of course the fireworks, and you’ve got a recipe for your dog to have a bad time.

This anxiety can result in unusual behaviors like recoiling, growling, or biting. 

These types of events are no place for your four-legged friend. Keep them home in a safe, escape-proof area to ensure they’re calm and comfortable.

Swaddle Your Dog

Swaddling your dog is an option. Sure, it may be easier to swaddle a teacup Yorkie than a Cane Corso, but if your dog will let you then you should give it a try.

You can purchase a swaddling shirt or device, or you can make one yourself. A worn shirt, or a favorite blanket and wrap it tightly around your dog. It may take some effort depending on his size, level of anxiousness, and whether he’s willing to be swaddled.

It might be a good idea to start testing your dog’s willingness level and whether it works for him in the weeks before the holiday. This can be especially helpful if you live in an area where people set off fireworks early in June.

Give Them Anti-Anxiety Meds

Sometimes, you might just have to give your dog something to help settle them down. 

With the variety of anti-anxiety chews and drops available, it may take some advance planning and research to find the right one. Some are formulated for general anxiety while others are geared toward a more specific type.

They also have different levels of effectiveness, time spans, active ingredients, etc.

One way to find the best type of med for your dog is to ask your vet what she recommends for your dog. Another way is to ask fellow dog owners what works for their dogs or consult the internet. 

Reassure Them With a Hug

After a night of scary sounds and being frightened, all your dog wants is to snuggle up with you. So, give him what he wants.

Give him a peanut butter pumpkin biscuit from Beauty’s Biscuits, and snuggle in after you come in from the festivities. 

If you’re putting your pups out for the night, don’t forget to show him some love with a pat on the head and a biscuit. Your doggies will appreciate the gesture.