With the 4th of July just around the corner, you might be concerned about the loud fireworks disturbing your pup. Not only are they overstimulated because of the noise, but they can also damage your dog’s sensitive ears! Because of massive fireworks across the U.S, 5th July is one of the busiest days at animal shelters since the frightened pets run away from their home and are lost. But don’t worry; we are here to make your celebration stress-free with some of the best ways to calm your dog during the 4th July fireworks.
Distract them with their favorite toys
Dogs love playing with toys, making them a great distraction. For example, colorful rope toys are a fantastic distraction that dogs love to play with. You can also give them their favorite treats to maintain composure with toys.
Turn on the TV
While distracting them with toys is great, leaving the TV on also works well. You can play calming music or radio talk with a sound system. It will suppress the fireworks noise, keeping your pets distracted.
Create a safe space
Like humans, dogs also feel safe in their habitat when they sense danger. You can create a hiding space if they don’t have it yet. For example, you can make a quick DIY crate, a corner bed, or a den so they can hide and snuggle there while it gets loud outside.
Take them on a workout.
Dogs tend to be quite active and playful. You know how anxious they can get when they don’t get their daily dose of exercise. On the day of 3rd July, you should take them on a day full of adventure like running, playing, and other activities so that they feel like relaxing at night. If it’s too hot outside, you can choose shaded areas for a long walk.
Keep the curtains and windows shut.
You might like watching mesmerizing fireworks through your window or patio, but your dogs don’t! Therefore, it is highly recommended to shut the curtains and windows of the room where your dog is staying. It will help muffle the sound of the fireworks, even if you don’t have soundproofing.
Desensitizing works in dogs similar to that in humans. Typically, loud fireworks scare them. So, you can prepare them in advance by showing fireworks videos and sounds online. At the same time, play with them, and present toys and treats so that they start associating fireworks sounds with fun.
Keep anti-anxiety medication handy.
At last, it’s always beneficial to keep backup ready. Thankfully, several anti-anxiety medications, OTC medications, and treats help reduce stress and anxiety in dogs. However, always consult your vet before giving them any medications.
Our furry friends are no less than our kids to us! Keeping them safe and sound all the time is our responsibility. These easy ways ensure that your dog remains calm and composed throughout the 4th and 5th of July. If you need some dog toys and supplies for the same, you can head to the online store of Louis Barx. Let’s spread happiness and ‘pawsitivity’ on this Independence Day!