Many dogs are TERRIFIED of fireworks. The unpredictable loud
noises (cracks, snaps, and booms) combined with the flashes of
light, smoke smells, and crowd excitement are all too much for
More dogs run away from home on July 4th than any other day of
the year. And itâ€™s well known that July 5th is the busiest day
of the year for animal shelters in the United States.
Plus, of course, a scared dog running loose on the streets at
night is at risk of injury and even death.
So letâ€™s talk about how you can prepare to keep YOUR DOG safe
this coming July 4th.
STEP #1: Make Sure Your Dog Is Wearing Identification
In addition to tattooing or microchipping your dog for
identification purposes (something that should already be done, if
not, speak with your vet)â€¦
â€¦ I recommend taking the preventative step of ASSUMING the
worst and preparing for it:
This is a good day/night to make sure your dog is wearing
identification tags, just in case he escapes.
Dogs exhibiting extreme fear have been known to crash through
screen doors and windows, push past guests entering in a surprise
burst of speed, and more. Donâ€™t underestimate the
resourcefulness of a fearful dog experiencing a rush of
STEP #2: Exercise Your Dog In Advance
A physically and mentally exhausted dog is a CALM DOG. Make
sure your dog is well exercised in advance of the fireworks, as
this will ensure a positive, relaxed state of mind. The release of
happy â€œendorphinsâ€ your dog experiences during exercise will
also work in his favor to help keep him calm during the
STEP #3: Keep Your Dog At Home
Resist the urge to take your dog along with the family to view
fireworks. This can be a traumatizing experience for your dog that
theyâ€™ll NEVER recover from. Theyâ€™re not a child â€œmissing
out.â€ And since you canâ€™t explain the fireworks to your dog or
reason with them, youâ€™re taking a BIG RISK exposing them to a
Just make sure, if your dog exhibits high levels of fear and
anxiety over fireworks and thunder and other such loud noises, and
youâ€™re planning to go out to celebrate with family and friends,
your dog is SAFELY locked up in a confined, indoor space he canâ€™t
(Follow the tips below to the letter!)
Some dogs simply shouldnâ€™t be left alone in these situations,
the risks of self-injury are too high if they become afraid, but
you know your dog best. So just make this decision carefully.
STEP #4: Lock Your Dog INDOORS
Be sure your dog is LOCKED INDOORS by the time evening falls,
well in advance of the fireworks. This is NOT the time to risk
leaving your dog loose in your yard. Even if youâ€™d normally
consider your yard â€œsecureâ€ you might be surprised to what
lengths a scared dog will go to, to escape: scaling fences,
smashing through gates, squeezing through extremely tight spaces.
Donâ€™t risk your dog escaping. And donâ€™t risk hooligans seeing
your dog in the yard, making your best friend vulnerable to
â€œpranksâ€ that could cause him serious injury or death.
STEP #5: Prepare A â€œSafe Spaceâ€
I would suggest that your dog should ALREADY have a safe space
in your home, where he goes when heâ€™s feeling tired or anxious.
But if you donâ€™tâ€“your goal should to be lock your dog away in a
room heâ€™s already comfortable in (not the basement, for example,
if he never spends time there).
Ideally in a dog crate, especially if youâ€™re planning to be
The room should be quiet, free of windows, and away from the
Make sure, if there are windows, you close drapes and blinds to
block out all flashing lights from the fireworks.
STEP #6: Add Some White Noise Or Background Noise
Turn on the television or radio to add some background noise
that your dog will find â€œnormal.â€ This will help mute the
sounds of the fireworks in the distance. Adding a fan in the
background can help too.
If you can hear the fireworks, make sure YOU donâ€™t react or
jump when they go off. Your dog will be taking his queues from
STEP #7: Stay Calm
Again, your dog will take his queues from you. So be sure to
remain calm and donâ€™t react to the fireworks. Behave like itâ€™s
any other Saturday night at home with your dog.
If youâ€™re relaxed, your dog should trust all is well, too.
STEP #8: If All Else Fails, Consider Sedation
You know your dog better than anyone. For some dogs, fireworks
are â€œtoo much.â€
If your dogâ€™s anxiety and fear levels escalate well beyond
normal, to the point you can see itâ€™s causing him or her
excessive distress, consider speaking with your local vet.
A gentle sedative for these rare occasions may be necessary.
We canâ€™t explain fireworks to our dogs. All we can do is try
to protect them from this strange, annual human need we have to
blow up small sticks of dynamite in a national show of pyrotechnic
If your dog canâ€™t handle itâ€¦ donâ€™t blame yourself.
If youâ€™ve tried everything else, a little sedation may be the
Again, though, speak with your vet.
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8 Ways To Protect Dogs Who Are Scared Of Fireworks