While humans like to watch the 4th of July fireworks, many dogs get scared when they happen.
Some reasons your furry canine friend gets scared during fireworks are:
· Fireworks are loud
· They’re unpredictable
· Dogs view fireworks as a threat
· They make dogs feel trapped
Some ways to help your dog get through the fireworks display are:
· Go for a long walk or play with friends to tire him out
· Schedule potty time before the fireworks start
· Keep your dog distracted during the fireworks with an enrichment toy
o Fill Kong
o Give a LickiMat frozen with peanut butter
o Feed special treat
o distract by having them do tricks
· Muffle the noise with something else like a white noise machine or music
o If his safe zone is his crate, cover it with a thick blanket and play music to help lessen the sound
· Use a dog anxiety vest (like a thunder shirt)
· Comfort your dog
o You may have heard comforting your dog in times of stress can reinforce the behavior, but your dog’s reaction to fireworks is a real fear. Providing comfort during this time is appropriate and often helpful.
o Sitting close to your dog, petting him and offering quiet words can help to center your dog.