Conversely, dogs can react strangely to fireworks in ways that we might not have originally predicted. Instead of anxiety-provoking, fireworks can seem like something they have to hunt or chase. I once saw a friend's beagle literally chase a bottle rocket as if it were an animal and bite the fiery tip!
It's important to keep pets safe and comfortable during this super loud holiday. Here are some tips for helping your doggie beat the Fourth of July jitters.
- Never take pets to firework celebrations. What might look like fun festivals to you with hundreds of people and M-80s probably looks very different to your dog!
- Keeping your dog or cat inside during the height of firework celebrations can help ease her tension. Even if they're used to being outside during the evening, have the safety of a familiar place can do wonders to help her anxiety.
- Some pets - especially dogs - view their crate or dog bed as a safe "den" similar to their wild cousins, the wolf and coyote. Having a safe place for your dog to hide, such as her crate, will likely help ease the jitters.
- Run a fan, air conditioner, or other white noise to block some of the noise from fireworks. Dishwashers and dryers also provide soothing white noise.
- If your dog must be outside during festivities, make sure he has proper identification tags on his collar. This will ensure that if he does get freaked during the firework mayhem and make a run for it, he will be returned safely to his home.
- Exercise your dog during the day before fireworks begin.
- Distract your dog with something fun. A treat-filled toy or frozen treat will help distract her mind from the booming celebration outside.
Happy Independence Day America!