Five Ways To Make July 4th Safer for Your Dog
Fourth of July fireworks are cause for celebration and wonder for many of us, but for dogs, it can be another story. The noise and spectacle of a fireworks blast can frighten canines. And, considering that this weekend is also an occasion for humans to gather outside for BBQ, picnics, concerts and generally ooooohing and aaahhing and gawking at the sky, it’s also a time when some owners can get distracted. The combination is likely why more pets run away or get lost on July 4th than any other time of year.
Here are five tips to keep in mind to keep your pet safe and sound during July 4:
* Exercise early: give your dog a really good long walk early in the day, before going out to parties or having guests over.
* For backyard BBQs, make sure all flammables like charcoal, lighter fluid, sparklers, glow sticks and more are out of reach of dogs and kiddos.
* Make sure to have treats around for your dog. Enlist friends to play with your pooch far away from where the grilling action is happening.
* If you’re going out to see fireworks, consider leaving your dog at home. You might want to leave an extra special chew toy or frozen stuffed treat for them while you’re gone.
* The Thundershirt: To help canines with their fear of thunderstorms and loud noises (like fireworks), the folks at Thunderworks developed these great garments that offer a gentle, calming “hug” that really does seem to help soothe pets. The Thundershirt has really helped Lucie manage the anxiety that comes with the giant BOOMS and CRACKS that are common in summertime.