July Fourth is almost here! While many of us are anticipating America’s big birthday bash, it’s also critical to keep in mind that this can be a terrifying and dangerous day for our canine buddies. Many dogs are absolutely terrified of fireworks! In this article, a local veterinarian discusses some ways to help Fido cope.
It can be very beneficial to Fido if you use a crate properly. The key is to make your dog feel at home in his crate, and not like he’s in a jail cell. If your furry friend enjoys his crate, he might feel safer inside it. Make sure he has comfy bedding to make him feel cozy. You can also give him a tasty treat or puzzle toy to help keep him distracted.
Going berserk with cuddling isn’t a good idea. Showering your dog with attention when he’s frightened can subsequently reward him for being nervous. That said, if Fido seems scared, talking and petting him a bit may help soothe him.
If Fido is terrified of loud noises, he could benefit from wearing a snug shirt. Snug shirts, or calming shirts, are like weighted blankets for doggies. Of course, Fido may not love it, so you’ll have to see how he reacts.
After your pup burns off some of his extra zoomies, he always seems a little more relaxed. Before nighttime, take Fido for a long walk. You can also vigorously play with him to help wear him out.
Keeping the television or radio on when you bring your pooch in can help mask the booming of the fireworks. And, the background noise may help relax your furry buddy.
Our canine buddies all have unique personas, and some are just born jumpier than others. If Fido is generally hyper, you could try desensitizing him to loud sounds. Play a CD or stream something with loud noises, such as a train or thunderstorm. First, keep the volume low. Then, slowly increase it as your dog gets used to it. This might take several days, weeks, or even months.
Pet-calming products with pheromones are other things you can try. These products come in a wide variety of options, such as treats, sprays, and collars. Talk to your local pet clinic for additional information.
Happy 4th of July! Contact your local animal clinic if you have questions about firework safety for dogs.