In the US, July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters. Many dogs who would normally remain calm, run away from home because of the noise and lights from the fourth of July firework celebrations. If you are going to go out to a fireworks show or celebration, it is best to keep your dogs at home. The crowds, commotion, lights, and noise can be stressful to even the most well behaved dog. Here are a few tips to help keep your dog calm and safe during the holiday.
*Before the fireworks start, try to bring and keep your dog inside. They can jump the fence or dig out of the fence due to anxiety of the noises.
*Provide a safe hiding place in the house so the dog feels safe and secure. Make sure doors and windows are shut and views to the outside are covered. A kennel or interior room works best for most dogs. Some dogs do not like to feel trapped, so for those dogs, keep in a larger interior room.
*Minimize external noise. You can play the radio or turn up the tv.
*Don’t let your dogs near unlit or lit fireworks.
*Keep dogs away from the barbecue and food table.
*Keep dogs away from citronella and mosquito products. These products can be toxic to dogs.
*Make sure the dogs are kept cool if the temperature is hot! Do not leave dogs in cars unattended.
*Lastly, make sure your dog has identification on in case they do run off.