It’s not uncommon for many dog owners to deal with howling, barking, and generally anxious dogs during fireworks. Fourth of July is a day with reportedly the highest number of dogs that run away.
Here are tips to keep your dog calm during fireworks:
Keep Your Dog Away From Fireworks
Don’t take your dogs to fireworks shows and don’t leave them outside during fireworks. Keeping your dog inside on the evening in question is the best idea, especially if you fear they might not react well.
Make Sure Your Pet Has Proper ID
Ensure that the information on your pet’s collar is current and make sure your dog is microchipped and has a GPS device in case they escape.
Create a Safe Haven For Your Dog
Get your pet used to a calming environment beforehand. Try setting up an area in a quiet space away from windows — such as a basement or a larger closet — so that they can’t hear or see fireworks. Use a crate if that’s where your dog feels safe, and make sure to provide your pup with familiar toys and treats.
Play White Noise
You can try leaving a fan, TV, or radio on to help mask the sounds of the fireworks. Try playing some classical music called “Through a Dog’s Ear,” which has shown to have a calming effect for dogs.
Comfort Your Dog
If you can, try staying home with your dog or leaving them in the hands of a trusted person. Comfort your dog when they are afraid by remaining calm, using a soothing and even tone.
Walk Them Before the Fireworks Start
Head out for your long walk before the sun sets to increase the chances that you’ll avoid the sounds. When you do go out, you’ll want to ensure your dog is secure on a leash before your walk.
Desensitize Your Dog to the Sounds of Fireworks
If you suspect your dog will freak out at the sound of fireworks, try playing sounds of fireworks (softly) so your dog is used to hearing them. Try pairing a video of the sounds of fireworks with a treat your dog likes.