03 Jul 2018 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe This Fourth of July
Independence day is just around the corner. For most people, Fourth of July is a fun day of celebrations, hot dogs, and fireworks. For pets, it’s a day filled with anxiety and fear. It’s no surprise that pets have a fear of unexpected, loud noises such as thunder and fireworks. Fourth of July is a hotbed of explosions and loud sounds whether it be people talking or fireworks outside. Below are some tips on how to keep your dog safe and comfortable this Fourth of July.
Leave Your Pets At Home
While it may seem like a good idea to keep your pet close to you and let them enjoy the festivities, if you’re going to any outdoor parties or events this Fourth of July it’s best to leave your pets at home. While they will be separated from you, they will be in a more comfortable and familiar environment that can help reduce their anxiety. If you feel uncomfortable about leaving your pets home alone, opt for staying in this Fourth and watching fireworks from your TV.
Give Your Pet Some Exercise Beforehand
Taking your pet on a long walk, jog, or to the dog park is a great way to tire your dog out before the fireworks and festivities begin. Tired dogs are more likely to sleep deeply and be less anxious when night falls.
Drown Out the Sound
During the fireworks, it’s a good idea to keep all of your doors and windows closed with the blinds or curtains drawn. You can also try turning on a few fans, a stereo, or the TV to drown out the noise coming from outside. The less your pets can hear, the less anxious they will be.
Give Your Pet a Distraction
Anything from cuddling with your pet, to playing with their favorite toy, or offering them a treat are all great distractions that can help keep your dog’s mind off of their anxiety. Sometimes just spending some quality time with your dog doing their favorite activity is enough to calm their fears.
Be Prepared If Your Pet Runs Away
While you never hope this is the case, it’s always important to be prepared in any situation if your pet runs away. According to the ASPCA, a lot of dogs are reported missing every Fourth of July weekend. This is often because they are frightened by the alarming sounds of fireworks and run out of the house looking for safety or in some cases, their owners. Investing in a GPS pet tracking collar is a great way to get alerted immediately if your dog escapes from home and track their exact location in real time.
No matter what your plans are this Fourth of July, it’s important that you take the necessary precautions and preparations to keep your dog safe and comfortable. Being prepared is the best thing you can do to prevent losing your dog.