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June 24, 2020

6 Tips to Keep your Pup Calm During 4th of July Fireworks

For humans, the firework displays might be a fun way to spend the evening, however, our four-legged friends often experience it very differently. In fact, more pets end up in shelters on 4th of July than any other day of the year because the sound scares them so much they try to run away from it.

To keep your beloved pet safe and calm during this 4th of July, here are some expert recommendations that can appease your dog’s fear.


Try to stay calm

Even if your dog is freaked out by the sound of fireworks, seeing you at ease might make them feel the same way. Dogs often follow your lead, so your reaction can be a cue to how they should act.

Stay home

If possible, try to be at home with your pet as their anxiety might get worse alone. It’s also recommended to keep them inside, where the noise is less intense and where they’re less likely to run away. Ideally, they should have their own space for the night, where they know they’re safe and can experience a peaceful night alone.

Entertain them

Give them something else to think about! Dogs don’t know fireworks won't harm them, and the loud noise suggests that they are in danger. Play white noise or calm classical music (there’s even music made specifically to calm dogs on YouTube). A good distraction might also come in the form of a toy, our Tux Dog Toy is made so you can hide treats inside it, they’ll be entertained for sure (and will have a treat by the end).

Help them feel at peace


93% of dogs are afraid of loud noises, definitely including fireworks. If you’ve observed how your dog deals with thunderstorms, you have a glimpse at how they’ll react with fireworks. We recommend The Anxious Pet and their truly incredible CBD product line that will certainly help your dog overcome fear and anxiety on, before and after 4th of July. Their calming soft chews (available in bacon & peanut butter flavor--yum!) are ideal for what would have been a very stressful night. Learn more about the options, dosage and why you should try hemp oil and veterinary grade CBD products to give your dog a happier and fuller life at theanxiouspet.com

Red, White & Fireworks!?


Workout

Give your pet the equivalent of a SoulCycle class and they’ll have deeper sleep, as their bodies recover from an extra long walk. Better sleep means they’ll be more relaxed and less prone to waking up when fireworks start to go off. A dog’s instinctual fight or flight reactions are less intense if they’re tired, so check out our Red, White & Blue shop, pick up a cute patriotic leash and off you go!

Under Pressure (pushing down on me)

Take a note from Queen and place your dog under (a bit of) pressure. The Thundershirt is made for your dog to feel like they’re bundled up by a cozy weighted blanket. It’s proven to reduce anxiety, slow their nervous breathing and have a calming effect on the nervous system.


Hopefully, there won’t be many triggers during daylight hours that may make your furry friend feel anxious. Take advantage of the nice sunny day outside and go for a nice long walk (pro tip: help Fido look extra cute with a bandana from our new collection)

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  • Kimberly Topuzes