The big booms of firework season may already be upon your neighborhood. For many dogs this is a very stressful time. Take some basic steps to help manage your dog's environment.
Prevent loss of your pet by having dog tags that are readable with a current phone number and be sure to update any pet recovery information on the internet you may have such as through HomeAgain.com. Micro chipping is also a popular option but it is only effective if you have completed the registration and kept your information up to date.
Look for the places that your pet naturally goes for comfort. Is his hiding place the bathtub, in your closet or in the basement? Take a cue from Fido and set up some comfort items in the areas that he wants to go for safety. Prepare a stuffed Kong and a favorite toy of distraction. Put a white noise cover over the partying outside by running a fan, or some comforting music like what is available Through a Dog's Ear.
There is no such this as spoiling a dog who is anxious and frightened.Cuddling up when your dog is fearful is therapeutic for him and gives you peace of mind that he is safe inside until the bang, crack and boom of the fireworks fizzle.
Excercise before the party begins
Burn off nervous energy before the party begins. Let your dog have a potty and play session (or even a long run) before guests come over to light up the night.
Tag your it!
If your dog gets scared and bolts out the door, what is an owner to do? Know that if your dog does get loose and it picked up he will be check for ID tags and scanned for a microchip.
A homebody during parties
Fido is much safer inside during fireworks. Just imagine if he decided to chase or attack a fiery party favor and got burned or hurt? Firework leftovers are choking hazards for dogs to, so clean up the yard before you let him out.
A den of dog's choosing
Follow Fido to find out his favorite hiding place and make it even sweeter with a stuffed Kong treat, comfy bed and some mellow white noise for a cover up. If he chooses a crate, use a bungee to keep the door open so it doesn't accidentally swing closed on him.
Treats that will last
Stuff a Kong with layers of soft and crunchy treats and then freeze it. The tasty fun will last a lot longer and Fido will thank you for it. If you dog is too nervous to eat you may consider keeping him company. A little doggie massage can really help a dog to decompress.
Your are the greatest cookie of all!
Don't believe the hype about spoiling your dog if you cuddle him. He is a social animal and he needs you the most during things like thunder storms, 4th of July fireworks or even to protect him from the grabby toddler at Thanksgiving dinner - you are his comfort and joy. Be the person your dog knows you are by snuggling up and keeping safe when you celebrate this year.