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Keep Dogs Safe and Secure During Fireworks Season

The upcoming Fourth of July holiday week can be a difficult time for dogs afraid of loud noises, check out these tips to have a safe and fun 4th of July for your family and pet!

The upcoming Fourth of July holiday week can be a difficult time for dogs afraid of loud noises. Fireworks can cause a dog to hide, bark excessively and even run away.  Independence Day week is a peak time for lost dog reports.

We asked our panel of professional trainers for advice on helping pets make it through the noisy celebration. 

Most importantly, they say, do NOT take your dog to a community fireworks display or backyard celebration that includes fireworks.  Even if your dog hasn’t been troubled by noise in the past, this could be the time that she runs off to escape the scary sounds.

If you can’t be home with your pet, don’t leave him alone. Find someone to stay with him or take him to a boarding kennel that has indoor rooms.The company of other dogs and the attention of caring humans can help distract and reassure him. Best Friends Pet Care in White Plains is still excepting reservations! Doggy Parents can call us at 914 997 0600 to book their pet or book online at https://reservations.bestfriendspetcare.com/Login.aspx


If you’re staying home, they advise the following:

  • Create a den for your dog in a quiet area of your home – an interior or lower level room where noise is muffled. Move his bed and favorite toys into the space for comfort. A radio or TV can help mask outside sounds. It’s a good idea to condition your dog to the space for a few days before the fireworks.
  • Give him plenty of exercise that day. Get out for a long run, go to the dog park or send him to doggy day camp. A tired dog will be more relaxed andlessbothered by the bombs burstinginair.  He may even sleep through them!
  • Some dogs with mild to moderate anxiety are helped by stress-reducing devices like anxiety wraps, like the Thundershirt, or a DAP diffuser,which releases a calming pheromone. 
  • During the fireworks, distract your pet by playing a game or practicing obedience skills (be sure to reward him with favorite treats). Speak calmly and reassuringly, but don’t go overboard; you will make his anxiety worse if you seem anxious.

Noise phobias are common among dogs, say our experts, and include thunderstorms, emergency sirens and evans vacuum cleaners.  It is possible to de-sensitize a dog to loud sounds, but it needs to be done gradually over a period of time.  If your pet is severely troubled, get help from your veterinarian or a professional trainer

For more advice on dog behavior and training, visit the Best Friends Pet Care resource library.

 

Best Friends Pet Care Inc. (www.bestfriendspetcare.com) offers customized, comprehensive care – including boarding, day camp, grooming and training -- for dogs and cats at 42 centers across the county, including in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and at Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida.    

Best Friends Pet Care in White Plains is still excepting reservations! Doggy Parents can call us at 914 997 0600 to book their pet or book online at https://reservations.bestfriendspetcare.com/Login.aspx

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William Demarest July 02, 2012 at 02:39 PM
My dog hates fireworks. Even when they are miles away, Lucy ends up sitting on my lap and shaking out of fear. She also doesn't like motorcycles. But she is not bothered by sirens - my son is a volunteer firefighter and Lucy associates the sirens with him.
Michael Woyton July 02, 2012 at 02:45 PM
It was the same with my Kate. I made the mistake of taking her out at the same time the fireworks for the New York Philharmonic concert in Central Park started. Good thing I had a strong leash and enough strength to keep her from running away.
Ken McQuade July 03, 2012 at 08:14 PM
People who have the collars and wire fence beware that your animal may bolt through the fence during fireworks. Best to keep inside. Keep the AC running and a radio/tv that will help mask the big bombs.
Stephanie Gonzalez July 08, 2012 at 04:19 AM
I lost my dog July 4th in Briarcliff. Someone that was visiting opened the door and she came out of the house. When the fireworks started to bolted. We are still looking for her today.
Best Friends Pet Care White Plains July 08, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Oh No! I am so sorry to hear that! If you would like to email me some pictures of your doggy and contact information we can pass it around to local rescues incase they come across your doggy somewhere. My email is Tmanganiello@bestfriends.net

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