5 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Calm During Fireworks
5 Tips To Keep Your Dog Calm During Fireworks
The bright flashes of light and booming sounds are pretty breathtaking and beautiful for us humans, but for our pets fireworks can be super scary and cause lots of anxiety. Whether it's the 4th of July, New Years, or another firework appropriate holiday, we've got five tips and tricks up our sleeves to make sure our pups stay safe and cared for during firework season.
Get all of their energy out
Plan a fun workout beforehand that will tire your dog out and leave them super happy and satisfied. Go for a jog, a long walk, play some frisbee - whatever you and your dog love to do together. Hopefully by the time the fireworks start they'll be in a place of calm and happy slumber; counting sheep (or squirrels) and snoring away.
Have a personalized safety zone
If your dog starts showing some anxious behavior because of fireworks, having a safe zone decked out just for them might help. If their comfort zone is the kennel, you can cover the outside with blankets to muffle the noise (just make sure your fur baby can still get out if they want to). Give them their favorite chew toy, stuff some comfy blankets inside, or whatever keeps them calm; let their space be full of love and comfort.
Muffle out the fireworks
Turn on some calming noises that your dog is used to, like your TV or your favorite playlist. Don't go overboard with the volume - you don't want to add extra chaos to the situation. Just try to muffle out the fireworks a bit; even white noise helps keep your dog calm during firework season.
Keep your dog's collar on, and make sure their tag is up to date.
None of us want to think about what would happen if our dog got lost, but it's much better to be prepared than not. One door left open a little too long with the mix of a firework pop could result in your doggo getting scared and darting into the open. If you can't keep them calm, you don't want them running away to add to the stress. It's always a good idea to have their collar and tag on, but it could especially be important during firework season.
Another thing to make sure about is whether or not you've chipped your dog- we've got an article about the importance of microchipping your dog. It's a great step toward making sure your dog is safe!
Comfort your precious doggo
Despite what our trainer instincts might tell us about rewarding behavior through attention, chances are your pup is actually really frightened of the loud noises mixed with flashes of light and could really benefit from some good ole fashion lovin's. If you can stay in a quiet place with them to keep them calm, that's the best thing you can do for them. A compression vest can also help keep them calm.
Although it is ideal to have your furry friend accompanied by a companion during this season, it's not usually the best idea to take them along to watch the fireworks (as captivating as they might be for us humans).
If your dog has been anxious in the past, you can always talk to your vet about some medication to help get them through the holidays.
Looking for a fun baking project? We've got some fun 4th of July treats on our blog that we think everyone will love!