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Keeping Your Dog Safe From Fireworks!

Saturday, July 4, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

DOGFIREWORKSThere’s no doubt about it, dogs hate fireworks.  More dogs run away on the Fourth of July that any other day, so you should take extra steps to ensure their safety. Keep a close eye on your dog during the commotion and make sure that your pet is wearing proper identification.

It is natural for dogs to be afraid of loud noises. The sounds trigger their nervous systems, and they can become anxious or afraid. Running away from the noise is a survival instinct.

Here are some steps in keeping your dog calm during the fireworks displays.

  1. Arrange to have your dog in a safe place where there are no fireworks displays.  Keep him is a quiet room or even take him to a friend that is not near any fireworks.
  2. If you can’t take your dog away from the fireworks, have a travel kennel handy at home. Keep him in there where he will feel safe. Don’t leave him alone. If you’re not going to be home, have a friend or relative stay with him. Take him out every four hours to relieve himself.
  3. The best way to prepare your dog for fireworks is to make sure he’s comfortable with the sound in advance. This process can take time,  possibly three or four months of playing the recorded sound of fireworks for your dog at an increasingly louder volume before he eats, before a walk, and before affection and play time.
  4. If you must have your dog with you, remember not to make a fuss over the fireworks. Try to ignore them, so your dog will sense that they are not a big deal.

Have a very happy and safe holiday with your pet.

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