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July 4th is almost here, and many of us are planning to celebrate America’s birthday. While you’re enjoying the birthday bash, you should also remember that this dangerous holiday is not one of our canine companions’ favorites. Many pooches are highly terrified of fireworks! A local vet discusses some ways you can help Fido cope.
Your dog always seems to be a bit calmer after burning off some of his extra zoomies. Before nighttime, bring Fido for a long walk. Vigorous playing can also help make him tired.
Crates can help, but only when used properly. The important thing to do is to ensure that your furry friend thinks of his crate as a cushy den and not like jail. If your pup enjoys his crate, he might feel more comfortable in it. Make certain he has snuggly bedding. Giving him a delicious treat or toy can also keep him busy.
A calming shirt, or snug shirt, can be beneficial to your pet if he’s very scared of loud sounds. Snug shirts are like weighted blankets for dogs. Of course, Fido may not love it, so you’ll need to see how he reacts.
You don’t want to do too much with this; showering your canine buddy with attention when he’s frightened could end up rewarding him for being nervous. If Fido is scared, pet and talk to him a bit to help calm him down.
Turn your radio or TV on when you bring your pooch inside. This can help hide the sound of the fireworks. And, the background noise can help soothe Fido.
Pet-calming pheromones are other things you may want to consider. There are a variety of products you can choose from, including collars, sprays, and treats. Ask your local pet clinic for more information.
Some dogs are just naturally more skittish than others. If your furry buddy is basically high-strung, you may want to try a desensitization process to loud noises. Play a CD or stream something with loud sounds, such as thunderstorms. Keep the volume low at first, and then slowly increase it. (This process might take several days, weeks, or months, but it’s well worth it.)
Happy Independence Day! Call your local vet clinic for more information about your dog and firework safety.