The 4th of July is a fun holiday for us humans, but for dogs, it means loud fireworks, weird (and tempting) smells, and an above average amount of commotion around the neighborhood. You might not think twice about it, but even if you don't have a normally anxious dog, it's a good idea to take a few extra precautions on the holiday to keep your dog calm, cool, and collected. Check out some amazing tips from our friends at Dope Dog. They know a thing or two about keeping your pup feeling good during times of stress:
Where will your dog be during the firework shows? It is ideal to create a location where commotion is minimal. Make sure someone is home keep an eye on your dog, as running away and hiding is common.
Take your dog on a long walk or hike earlier in the day so they don't have excess energy or excitement when the evening rolls around.
If you are using anything to calm yourdog during the main event, it is best to introduce it early on. If you introduce after your pup is already high anxiety, it may be less effective.
Play It Cool
As soon as those fireworks start popping, act completely normal around your dog, like any other night. They will feed off your energy.
Play some fun or relaxing music inside the house to keep your dogdistracted and calm. TV works too!
Treat, Treats, and More Treats!
Distract your pup with a special toy or treat - Calming Crunchies anyone?
If you want to give Dope Dog treats or their CBD oil a try, order online or swing by Wags and Walks' Adoption Center and pick up a few items. Your dog will thank you!
Have a safe and happy 4th of July!