Whether it's the Fourth of July, New Years Eve, or a wedding, fireworks never cease to amaze you. But while those sizzles and pops might excite us humans, they can really be stressful to a dog's ear. Here's 7 simple ways to keep our furry friends safe and calm during fireworks.
1. Plan Accordingly
If you know what time the fireworks are happening, plan your dog’s walk and meals beforehand. Take Buster for a stroll before the action starts (make it a nice and long one to tire him out) and consider giving him a bigger meal in the afternoon to help him sleep. (Hey, those party leftovers have to go somewhere.)
2. Stay Calm
Your lovable pup looks to you for, well, pretty much everything. So watch your body language—try to stay calm and at ease instead of jumping at any loud noises. And remember: a little reassurance (like a treat or two) can go a long way.
3. Prep Your Home
Some dogs bolt when they’re scared, so make sure your home is properly secured. And while you probably won’t be able to completely block out all the noise, drawing the curtains and putting the TV or radio on can help.
4. Make a Safe Den
Create a comfortable spot for your pooch to retreat to in case she feels overwhelmed. This can be a cardboard box in her favorite room or even just a bed sheet draped over a chair (a dog fort!). Place some of her favorite toys and treats in the den and don’t try to coax her out if that’s where she decides to hide until the show’s over.
5. Swaddle Your Pup
Just like how swaddling might make babies feel nice an cozy, our pups enjoy this too.
6. Talk To Your Vet
If your pup cannot take the fireworks, consider giving it a puppy Xanax (that's a real thing). Talk to a vet, first of course.
7. Don't Punish Your Dog
Some dogs react to stress by itching, barking, or scratching-its what they do. But it's no use to punish them because they're reacting to their fear. Instead focus on altering its emotional response using some tips above.