July 4th is only a few days off. While many people are looking forward to America’s birthday bash, it’s also important to remember that this celebration can be a highly dangerous holiday for dogs. Many pooches are completely frightened of fireworks! Below, a local vet discusses seven ways to help your pup cope.
Your dog is always a little calmer after burning off some of his extra zoomies. Before nighttime, bring Fido for a long walk. A strenuous play session can also wear him out.
Crates are very helpful when used properly. The key is to make certain that your furry friend sees his crate as a comfortable and cozy den, and not a jail cell. If Fido enjoys his crate, he might feel safer inside it. Make sure he has comfortable bedding. Also, you can offer your dog a delicious treat or a toy to help keep him busy and distracted.
Your dog might benefit from wearing a snug shirt if he is terrified of loud noises like fireworks. Snug shirts are like the doggy equivalent to weighted blankets. Of course, Fido may not love his, so you’ll need to keep an eye on how he reacts.
It’s always a good idea to turn on a radio or TV when you bring your pooch inside. This will help mask the sound of the booming fireworks. And, the background noise could help your furry buddy calm down.
In this case, you don’t want to give too much; showering your pet with affection when he’s frightened could inadvertently reward him for behaving nervously. If Fido is scared, pet and talk to him a little to help soothe him.
Pet-calming pheromones are other things you may want to try. They come in a wide variety of products like sprays, treats, and collars. Ask your vet for more information.
Our furry friends have special personalities, and some are just more skittish than others. If Fido is usually high-strung, you could try desensitizing him to loud noises. Get a CD or stream something with loud sounds, such as a thunderstorm. First, keep the volume low, and then gradually put the sound up. (This could take several days, weeks, or months.)
Happy Fourth of July! Contact your local vet clinic for more advice.