This weekend is all about barbecues, family/friends, and fireworks. It’s America’s birthday, and we LOVE celebrating it! But while we are having fun, it can actually be a very stressful time for our pets. If you’re hosting a 4th of July party at your house, you dog can get overwhelmed by having people there they don’t know. Add loud fireworks on top of that, and your normally calm and predictable pup is a completely different dog! Here are a few of our favorite safety tips:
4th of July Safety Tips for Pets:
- Give them a lot of exercise- The morning of a big party or fireworks in your town, go on a long walk, run, or play date with another dog. Burning some energy can keep them relaxed later in the night if they get anxious.
- Set up a space for them- If loud noises are a trigger for you pup, set them up in a room with no windows and in the middle of your home or apartment. Put their bed in there with a blanket and toy they love and play soft music. You can even put them in a thunder shirt (or tight t-shirt) to make them feel safe and secure.
- Make sure your pets are secure-If you’re going to keep your pup out and you don’t have a closed in area, then have them on a leash. This ensures they can’t bolt out of an open door or gate if they get scared. Even if loud noises typically aren’t triggers for them, it’s better to be safe.
- Watch what they are eating- From sneaking snacks under the table to picking up scraps on the ground, your dog always finds a way to get in some extra meals. Make sure you keep everything out of reach, especially hot grease from the grill and fireworks if you are shooting them off from your house. Dogs are amazing...but they aren’t always the brightest.
- Make sure they have identification- While it’s safe for your dog to wear a collar every day, even if he/she is microchipped, it’s especially important during this holiday weekend! If your pup does run away, identification tags are the fastest way to get him/her back safely. Plus, a little patriotic wear will make for a great photo op with your pup!
These are only a few ways to keep your dog safe this holiday weekend. But keeping an eye out for any changes in your dog’s behavior is going to be the best way to prevent anything from happening. We hope you have a wonderful 4th of July and take lots of patriotic photos to document your fun! Don’t forget to share them with us as well!