How can you keep your dog safe on 4th of July weekend this year? Being on the weekend makes the holiday all the more difficult for anyone or creature who has a fear of all the noise. We dread this holiday every year not only because Bailie is terrified, but none of us can sleep with the fireworks going off half the night. Fireworks are sold on every corner and on the 5th, the leftovers are on sale so the boomers will go on for weeks around here.
Did you know lost pets increased by some thirty percent on the 4th of July? Animal shelters fill fast after the 4th with lost pets. It is very sad, but what can you do to keep your pup safe?
Make Sure Your Dog Has ID
When dogs get scared they will often run. Keep your dog inside during fireworks. Even a dog who never leaves her yard may climb a fence or dart over an electric boundary in an effort to get away from the noise.
Be sure your dog is microchipped and your contact information is up to date. Put a collar with an ID tag on your pup as well.
Stay Home With Your Dog
Dogs feel best when they are with their people. If you don’t have to be gone, stay home to keep your dog safe on the 4th of July weekend. Even if your pup is hiding under a pillow or in a closet, they do feel better knowing you are there. Some dogs may become destructive out of fear as well and staying home will help keep that to a minimum.
If you stay home and set off your own fireworks, keep your dog in the house. Fireworks are dangerous for humans and for dogs. You don’t want your do to be injured from fireworks gone bad.
Give Your Dog A Safe Place
Create a lot of noise in your house to help drown out all the boomers. Leave lots of lights on so the flashing doesn’t startle your dog. If your dog will eat, give her treats or something like a frozen Kong to work on. Try CBD oil if the fear is fairly mild. Bailie is such a mess, even knock out tablets don’t help.
Our best advice is to get out of town to the middle of nowhere to find some peace and quiet. We can’t get away, so we will do our best to try to keep calm and safe in the house. If you must set off fireworks, be considerate and don’t do it every night until all hours. Many people need to get to bed early for work and other reasons. Have a safe and fun weekend!