Friday, July 1, 2016

5 Tips to Keep Your Dogs Calm During the 4th of July Fireworks

The Fourth of July fireworks may be fun for pet owners but the loud noises and bright flashes tend to terrify dogs so my advice to you is to check the local listings to find out when the festivities will begin, walk your dogs beforehand to tire them out, and then keep them inside for the rest of the evening.

Once the fireworks begin keep your dogs calm by following these 5 tips:
My friend Ruffles is waiting for the fireworks to be over while I sit with her in the bathroom.
1) Put your dogs in a safe enclosed room preferably without windows or doors that they could escape from if the opportunity arose.

 My friend George was so engrossed in watching television that he hardly noticed the fireworks!
2) Put music, the television, and/or the air conditioner on to drown out the sounds of the fireworks.

Lemmy snores on my arm while Iggy sleeps contentedly during the fireworks on July 4, 2014.
3) If you are leaving the house for the night have a friend, a pet sitter, or a family member to come over and stay with them for the night.

4) Purchase a Thundershirt! This product has been known to successfully treat anxiety in over 80% of dogs!

5) Put a few drops of Bach's Rescue Remedy in your dog's mouth, ears, or water bowl. This product contains the essence of 5 natural flowers: impatiens, cherry plum, rock rose, clematis, and Star of Bethlehem which has been proven to reduce anxiety in pets and people.
I know your dogs will appreciate the effort you've made to make them comfortable during this year's 4th of July festivities!

If you have other helpful hints that you've tried and I missed, please feel free to leave a comment! Thank you! 

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