July 02, 2012
Prepare your dog
for the Fourth of July.
The Fourth of July with its loud noises and explosions can be
very stressful for dogs. Read this
for some short term and long term advice to help your
dog through the stressful times.
advice from Dr Patricia McConnell for sound phobic dogs:
advice from the ASPCA:
Up to 20%
of pooches are sensitive enough to need professional
here: The sound of fear: Noise phobias torment
dogs - Creature Comforts- msnbc.com_ (
Fireworks are beautiful,
but they are deafening to humans and absolutely traumatizing to
many dogs (and cats).
If you have a fearful dog (or cat), especially sensitive to sounds,
PLEASE...be sure to do the following:
Make sure your dog is secure and can
not escape or run loose should he/she get spooked. An infinite #
of dogs disappear each year due to open doors, windows and
gates, even tie downs (which are generally cruel during firework
season). Many dogs bolt and in their frenzy run and run
2. If you have medication to calm your
dog, be sure and give it ample time to kick in.
3. If possible, do not leave your dog
4. Be sure and have back ground music
or white noise to help deflect the intensity of the booms of the
5. Give your dog access to a basement
or even a big closet or stall shower where they may feel safest.
6. Cover his or her crate if they
prefer to go into their crate during storms or fireworks.
7. Try going for a drive with your dog
if you know there is going to be fireworks in your neighborhood.
Often, dogs who love car rides look forward to this and are not
as jolted by the noise. Be sure and have your radio on!
8. COMFORT YOUR DOG! If your dog
is worried and unsettled, IT IS OK to comfort your dog. You will
NOT be rewarding an undesirable behavior. YOU WILL BE SOOTHING
his emotional response and supplying oodles of sense of
9. If you have a
or Anxiety wrap or even a teeny tee shirt, put it on your dog.
10. Have a drink or what ever relaxes
YOU and bite the bullet. If you are calm, it will help
your dog tremendously. Try your hardest to jolly up your
dog and engage him/her in an activity that they usually go
over. Have DYNAMITE (no pun intended) treats on hand.
Fourth of July is a time for celebration and fireworks.
The Fourth of July with its loud noises and
explosions can be very stressful for dogs.