The Fourth of July is almost upon us. In addition to family picnics, beach excursions and backyard barbecues, this favorite summer holiday is also the time for fireworks – and that might not be very good news for your dog!
While some dogs handle the booming sounds of fireworks just fine, they can be a major source of distress for other dogs. The sound of fireworks is enough to cause some canines to cower under chairs, drool or whine excessively, or have a bathroom accident. An especially high-strung dog may even decide to turn tail and head for the hills!
If your dog doesn’t react well to loud noises, your best bet is to leave him at home and attend the Fourth of July fireworks show without him. If exposing him to fireworks is unavoidable, here are some tips to make the experience a little less stressful for him – and you:
- Prep him with loud noises — If possible, begin to prepare your dog for the fireworks well in advance of the Fourth of July. Begin by periodically playing recorded firework sounds in March