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Helping Your Dog This Fourth of July

Helping Your Dog This Fourth of July
Posted on 06/24/2020
4th of July Dog

Fourth of July with family, food and fireworks. Even though fireworks are currently banned in Aurora because of dry conditions, illegal fireworks use is likely to continue, and the booming sounds of fireworks can cause a lot of fear and anxiety in a pet. More dogs go missing on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year. Not only can dogs suffer from firework anxiety, but so can cats.

Fortunately, there are ways to help your canine friend during the holiday.

  • Keep your pet in a quiet room. Keep the windows closed. A basement, if available, is generally the best place to keep a dog that is terrified of fireworks.
  • Provide plenty of distractions. Leave the television or radio on. Offer your dog treats or focus their attention on their favorite toy.
  • Try not to cuddle your dog. It's human nature to want to calm an animal that is scared. However, by doing so you could be reinforcing their fear. In addition, it is never a good idea to cuddle a fearful animal. Some animals respond to fearful situations by biting or scratching, even people that they know. Instead it is recommended to stay in the same room with your dog, but to keep your interaction as natural as possible.
  • Make sure they have access to their kennel. If you dog is accustomed to being kenneled, be sure they have ready access. Kennels can add a sense of security and relief to a fearful dog.
  • Invest in a pressure wrap or vest, such as a ThunderShirt or Anxiety Wrap. These items can provide a sense of comfort and security for your pet to reduce their anxiety.
  • Do not leave your dog outside. Dogs that are easily spooked are more than likely to escape their yards.
  • Talk to your vet. A veterinarian may be able to help soothe your dog's anxiety with medication.
  • Never punish your dog for their fearful behavior. Remember that your dog is reacting out of fear. Punishing your dog will only make your dog more fearful and anxious.

With these tips in mind you should be able to help ease your dog's fear and anxiety this Fourth of July.

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