Calm Your Dog When the Fireworks Start on July 4th
Save Your K-9s from K-Booms
If you doubt fireworks will upset your dog, think again:
1) Each year in the US, July 4th weekend is the busiest shelter intake period of the year.
2) Nationwide, more pets run away on the 4th of July than any other day during the year.
Are all dogs terrified of fireworks? Actually, no, just most of them are. An exception might be a hunting dog that is used to the sounds and smells of gunpowder, but for most dogs and cats, fireworks are terrifying.
Some common sense ideas to keep your doggie calm are:
• If possible, keep your pet as far away from the sounds and commotion of fireworks as possible.
• If you know – or suspect – there will be fireworks in your neighborhood, bring your pets indoors well before nightfall.
• Before bringing your dog in for the evening, take him or her out for a l-o-n-g walk, burning up that excess energy.
• Put on music to try and muffle the frightening sounds.
• If you’re going to a fireworks display (or anywhere else away from home), take your dog to a “quiet” area doggie sitter, or have a sitter come in to be with your pet.
• Be sure your pets are microchipped – or at least wearing ID tags – just in case.
So, as you gather together with friends and family this July 4th to celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, remember that the best way for your pet to participate in the celebration is to ensure her the right to quiet enjoyment of her home.
Enjoy! Kris at drawdogs.com