Why Are Dogs Afraid of Fireworks?
How to Keep Your Dog Calm During Fireworks
Though fireworks are notorious for being loud, this doesn’t mean that your dog has to suffer every year during the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve. With a little preparation, and a whole lot of love and support, your dog can get through the fireworks with significantly less anxiety.
Here’s what you need to do to help your dog stay calm:
Create a Safe Space Indoors
First and foremost, the best way to keep your dog calm during fireworks is to create a safe indoor space that your dog can retreat to when feeling overwhelmed. Follow these tips to make your home firework-proof:
Make Sure Your Dog Gets Exercise
Another useful tip for getting your dog to feel calmer during fireworks is by ensuring that your doggo gets a good day of exercise before the celebrations. This way, your dog will have less energy for feeling anxious and restless when the fireworks do go off. Just remember to give your dog plenty of water while outside, and don’t overdo your dog’s playtime fun.
Prepare for Escapes
If your dog is an escape artist, then fireworks might make your pet even more likely to run away during loud sounds. In general, it’s a good idea to have your dog chipped or in an up-to-date collar on the off chance that he becomes lost. You should also check all gates and fences for any holes or weak spots that your dog could escape through and mend them if needed.
If You Want to Go Out And Celebrate, Leave Your Dog at Home
Just because your dog is sensitive to fireworks doesn’t mean you can’t attend a fireworks celebration. If you decide to go out for the Fourth of July, don’t bring your dog. Instead, try out some of the tips for creating a safe space for your dog before heading out so that your dog doesn’t become alarmed or frightened by any outdoor explosives while you’re out.
Distract Your Dog
Lastly, your dog might benefit from having a new, engaging toy to distract him from the fireworks. The right toy can keep your dog focused on anxiety-reducing playtime fun long enough to get through one of the most boisterous holidays.
*Remember to always supervise your dog while she plays with toys.
Calming Toys for Dogs
If you’re hoping to keep your dog entertained with a new toy, you may be wondering which toys are best for soothing dogs. When it comes down to it, toys that your dog can lick may offer some relief to anxiety in your furry friend. In fact, some studies have suggested that licking can increase calming endorphins in dogs.
Here at Chopper and Otis, we carry a few licking mats that may help your dog feel calmer during fireworks:
Though the Fourth of July is just one day of the year, it can be very triggering for dogs, whose sensitive ears and eyes can easily feel overwhelmed by fireworks. Always remember to stay calm if your dog experiences anxiety.
While these tips and tricks may help most dogs, some dogs might need additional support to get through the fireworks. In which case, you should talk with your dog’s veterinarian to create the best plan for your furry friend.
Until next time--