With the Fourth of July just around the corner, many American families get together to grill and swim to celebrate our Independence Day. For many dog-owners, this day is anxiety-inducing due to the fact that most dogs hate the explosive noises of fireworks, or the bright lights that they produce. When this happens, dogs will become reluctant to go outside to relieve themselves before bedtime. So, what can you do to help dogs during this terrifying time for them?
The first thing you can do is prepare a place that your dog will feel safe. If your dog hates the sound and sights of fireworks, they'll probably retreat to somewhere they feel they're protected. This can be anything from a kennel to a closet. As long as the dog feels safe, they'll stay calm.
Another thing you can do keep dogs calm is to play white noise to block out the sounds of the fireworks. This can be a TV show or a ceiling fan; as long as it makes enough noise that the dog is used to so it can hear something consistent and familiar.
A third thing you can do to keep your dog calm be with them. As easy as it is, simply being with the dog can make them feel much safer, and thus making them much calmer. This, combined with the two previous steps, should keep your dog calm during a fireworks show.
Even if all these steps work, it is still best to be prepared. Walking the dog before the sun sets, which is when most people start to use fireworks. Doing this makes sure your dog is exercised before the fireworks start. Something else you can do to prepare your dog for this night is to play fireworks noises at a low volume to somewhat desensitize your dog, so when the fireworks roll around, they wont be a complete surprise.