Tips for Fireworks and Thunderstorms
The 4th of July is right around the corner…. a fun celebration of friends, BBQs and fireworks but it can be a time of terror for dogs here are some tips to help your friend.
- Give your dog plenty of exercise – early morning physical exercise and mental stimulation exercise.
- Keep your dog inside during the evening and make sure they have their tags and identification on them and if at all possible, with some human companionship. It is a good idea to have your pet microchipped as well.
- Best of all, stay home and keep them busy (give them something to do) and distracted but if you can’t…..
- Feed them before you leave and when you leave give your dog something to chew on – chewing helps to relax them. A frozen and stuffed kong is perfect. See safe and effective treat toys HERE.
- Make sure your dog has a safe place to “hide”. If your dog is comfortable in their crate that is great and cover it with a sheet or cover.
- If possible, keep the windows and blinds closed to restrict the light and sound.
- Anxiety wraps (thundershirt) can be helpful for dogs that respond well to the gentle, consistent pressure. Check out some great thundershirts HERE.
- White noise can help some dogs – run a box fan or play music quietly in the background.
- Some dogs respond well to sound therapy. Calm your Canine Companion Music Series by "Through a Dog’s Ear" Get your copy HERE.
DON’T TAKE YOUR PET TO THE FIREWORKS!!