The Fourth of July can be a great day of BBQs, pool parties, and fireworks. The plan is for everyone to have a good time and enjoy the celebration. Unfortunately, our dogs don’t always agree. If you have a dog that is anxious about fireworks, here are a few suggestions.
1. Don’t take them with you to major displays. I know it’s fun to have them be a part of the afternoon picnic, and tailgate party before hand. But think about the long term effects on them
2. If neighborhood displays make them nervous, like the major displays, don’t bring them outside. If you are staying inside with them, don’t baby them. Don’t coddle them, the extra petting and (what we think is) reassured talking in soft voices can actually reinforce their fears.
3. Personally, try not to react to the fireworks. Your body language can tell a dog that there is a reason to be afraid.
4. Try to drown out the sound of the fireworks by turning up a radio or television.
5. As with everything, don’t push your dog past his comfort zone. If he would rather hide under the bed or sofa through the entire show, let him!
Be safe, and Happy 4th of July!!!!