Independence Day. Independence Day is a day of sights, smells and BOOMS. The 4th of July is one of our nation’s most memorable days, but your doggo may not be a fan.
Keep Dogs Safe Indoors
Fido and fireworks equals fear. Your pup will be less mesmerized than you by the flashes, sparkles and bangs. Respect your dog’s boundaries and needs. During the fireworks, ensure that your four-legged friend has plenty of water and food.
Make sure your dog can retreat into her safe place (a crate, favorite couch corner or even under the mattress) and then let her be. Your dog will emerge when she is ready.
ID Your Dog
According to PetAmberAlert.com animal control services report a 30 percent rise in the number of missing pets from July 4 to 6 each year. This is mainly because dogs are left unattended during loud parties or fireworks displays.
This time of year, the flight risk for your dog increases. Be sure to have your dog’s identification, microchip and license tag ready before the festivities begin.
Follow these steps immediately if you find a lost dog.
Keep Calm and Carry on
Dogs feed off of our energy. Your pooch will be happier if you “stay normal”. You can help your pooch by sticking to a daily routine for mealtimes and walks.
Take advantage of technology
You can also play soothing music or turn on the television (at a regular volume) during the “Rice Krispies,” (the part that has the Snap, Crackle and Pop), to calm your pup. You can also wrap your Schnauzer’s trembling body in a ThunderShirt to calm it down.
You should always pay attention to the needs of your dog. Have you got any other July 4th safety tips for dogs? Share them in the comments section!
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