Fireworks Safety Tips for Your Dogs
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Fireworks Safety Tips for Your Dogs

Fireworks are most enjoyable to watch from afar although they can also be very dangerous. The abrupt sound and flashing lights can be quite frightening for your pets as well. With a few tips, you can help your pet through the loud noise.

As the warmer weather approaches, it brings with it more outdoor activities, summer storms and some holiday festivities. We prepare for picnics, barbeques, family gatherings and outings with friends to celebrate Independence Day and other special occasions.  If you are anything like me you also look forward to the gorgeous fireworks displays put on by most local municipalities. It can be a great time for people but a potential fear and despair for your dog.

Some dogs are not disturbed by sudden sharp noises. However, many dogs react to the sudden sounds of the fireworks. Even if your dog has never reacted to loud noises before, they can suddenly be bothered by these noises along with the bright flashing lights.

Some dogs will show their fears by pacing, panting, barking, trying to get away, salivating and trembling. It is sad to see and trying to console them does not work. Here are tips you can try to help your dog through the fireworks displays.

• First and foremost, do not take your dog to a fireworks display. That would be like taking someone who is afraid of heights and take them to the edge of the tallest building.

• Stay home with your dog if you can, allowing for a quiet calm room. If you must leave him alone, provide what is considered comfort and safety for your dog. (Our dogs love their crates and feel safest there). Turn on other noises as distractions such as TV, radio or loud air conditioner. If your dog is loose in the home, be sure there is a comfortable hiding place if he does get scared.

• Trying to reassure your dog during the situation with extra love, attention and words sometimes only makes things worse.

• It is best that you act calm and don’t make a big deal about any of the noises around (as if they were not there). Most dogs feed off of our feelings and emotions.

• Be sure your dog is up-to-date with a collar and tags and/or a microchip at all times. You want to be sure that if your dog is scared and runs off, he can be identified and returned to you.

Holidays should be happy and fun for all, including your precious pup. Following these simple tips can help for a more enjoyable time without the added stress for you and your best canine friend.


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Nice share!