Calm Down Your Dog on the Fourth
Try these tips to avoid doggie anxiety and human insanity.
Web2Carz Contributing Writer
Published: June 29th, 2012
ith the Fourth of July upon us next week, we thought you might be interested in a few ways to keep your dog from running amuck, barking, hiding under the couch, and generally going nuts during the fireworks shows. According to the Humane Society, the week of July 4th is their busiest time, since many dogs wander off either out of fear or from breaking free of their leashes/ties during holiday festivities. That said, here are some useful tips for keeping ol' Spot chilled out.
If you have a crate, it's helpful to set it up, or if not, put some blankets in the tub--dogs like to be in small, enclosed areas when they are scared.
Since the Fourth is a pretty busy day for many of us what with parties and such, it's important to get your dog some exercise early on in the day. Being around groups of people can cause dogs to suffer anxiety, but if you tire them out, they're more likely to lay on the porch and beg for tortilla chips rather than bolt around the yard looking for an escape.
Once night falls, keep your dog inside. Sure, it's fun to bring our pets to the park with us, but if your dog gets antsy over loud noises, bringing him or her to the fireworks display is not going to be fun for anyone. If you have a crate, it's helpful to set it up or, if not, put some blankets in the tub, because when dogs become scared, they like to be in small, enclosed areas—it gives them a sense of shelter and comfort.
If possible, keep windows and curtains closed during the shows to prevent anxiety, and make sure your dog's tags are on his or her collar securely, just in case.
It also helps, if you're around, to make sure the dog has human companionship. When we humans become scared, we often find comfort in the presence of others, and the same holds true for Fido. Provide your pup with something to play with (a new toy, or a KONG toy filled with peanut butter) and that can also distract them from the loud noises.