As a Bark Busters dog behavioral therapist & trainer, I not only help dog owners teach thier dogs better behavior, but also provide plenty of seasonal and holiday safety tips for families with pets.
The 4th of July is one of the most dangerous holidays for dogs. The loud noises, bright lights and commotion can be traumatic for your pet. Keep the following in mind to keep your dog safe and calm during the July 4th festivities:
If you are going to a fireworks display, leave your dog at home where he will be the most safe and comfortable.
If you bring your dog with you to an event, do not leave him in the car. A partially opened window does not supply sufficient fresh air, and it creates an opportunity for your pet to be stolen.
Always keep proper identification securely fastened to your dog's collar in case he gets out. Consider implanting a microchip in your pet, and be sure your correct contact information is updated in the provider's database.
Don't leave your dog outside where bursts of bright light and loud bangs can spook your dog and cause him to run from fear and possibly escape your yard.
Create a special den-like area in your home where your dog feels safe. A properly introduced crate or kennel can be a calming refuge for him.
Some dogs become destructive when frightened. If you don't use a crate, remove any items in the room your dog could destroy or could hurt him if chewed or ingested.
Keep your dog away from doors and windows. Your dog may be under significant stress, which could result in unnecessary injury to others or cause him to dart out and become lost.
Keep windows and curtains closed to reduce noise and bright flashes.
Turn on a TV or radio at normal volume to distract your dog from loud noises and to help him relax.
Consider hiring a pet sitter to stay with your dog while you are away from home.
If your dog is more stable and not so sensitive to the sights and sounds of celebration, enjoy the holiday like these dogs pictured below, while you always keep your pet's comfort and safety first in your mind.
Happy 4th of July!!!