We have hosted many dogs who are terrified of fireworks. We thought that by following these tips from renowned trainer, Victoria Stilwell, your furry friend may enjoy this year’s 4th of July.
Tips for providing a safe July 4th for your Canine Household:
1 -Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise earlier in the day.
2 -Keep your dogs inside during fireworks, preferably with human companionship. If it’s hot, air conditioning will help. Bringing your dogs to a fireworks display is never a good idea.
3 -Provide a safe place inside for your dogs to retreat. When scared of sounds they can’t orient, dogs often prefer small enclosed areas. (I once had a dog who climbed in the bathtub during windstorms.) If your dog is comfortable in a crate, that is a good option.
4 -If possible, keep the windows and curtains closed. Covering the crate or lowering the blinds can also be helpful. Removing visual stimulation can also help calm dogs.
5 -Make sure all your dogs are wearing ID tags with a properly fitting collar. Dogs have been known to become Houdini around the 4th of July.
6 -Leave your dog something fun to do – like a frozen Kong filled with his favorite treat.