The 4th of July is almost here and summer storm season is just around the corner. These two seasonal staples promise a lot of breathtaking sights, entertainment, and an influx of noise.
While many of us will be watching the fireworks and enjoying the summer storms, many dogs stress out and have extreme anxiety and fear from the loud sounds that accompany fireworks and storms, which can have an impact on pet health. Some shake, some hide, and some even try to go through doors and windows trying to escape the sound.
So, what do you do to help your dog stay calm? Try these essential tips to help keep your dogs healthy and free from anxiety during the fireworks this 4th of July.
Stay Calm Around Your Dogs
Your dogs feed off your energy so if you are calm, it will help your pups stay calm. If they are scared, speak to them in a confident and even-keel voice. Also, never punish them for being fearful.
Give Dogs a Hiding Spot
Remember hiding under the covers as a kid when you would get scared? It likely made you feel safe and secure. Well, the same can be said for many dogs and pets. Providing a crate or comfy nook that he or she can hide in can usually make them feel more safe and secure during fireworks shows. You can even spruce up their favorite spot with comfy blankets, their favorite toy, and a few healthy dog treats.
Distract Pets With Fun Activities and Music
Trying to get pets to do something else enjoyable can get their mind off of their fear. Play fetch, distract them with their favorite toy or favorite treats, try and engage him or her in some other activity to keep their mind off the noise. Many pets respond to music as well, and soothing sounds can help to ease your pet’s nerves as well as your own.
Keep the Sights and Sounds Outside
Before the fireworks shows start, close all doors and windows, as well as draw the curtains. “Battening down the hatches” will help muffle some of the sound outside. Remember your pets have extremely sensitive hearing, so the more you can keep the loud bangs and bright lights out of the house the better it will be for your precious pets.
For the Extremely Skittish, Consider a Sedative
When nothing else works, if your pet becomes very destructive, or could harm itself, your pet may need a sedative to help them relax and stay calm during storms or fireworks. If this is the case, talk to your veterinarian about the best options for mild sedatives for your pet that can help them through the holiday noise.
These tips and tricks are sure to help you, and all your pets, have a safe holiday and happy 4th of July.