KEEP YOUR CANINE (AND FELINE) companions safe this 4th of July! Also, remember that people start days in advance of the 4th so be ready!
1. Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise earlier in the day.
2. Keep your dogs inside during fireworks, preferably with human companionship. If it’s hot, air conditioning will help. Bringing your dogs to a fireworks display is never a good idea.
3. Provide a safe place inside for your dogs to retreat. When scared of sounds they can’t orient, dogs often prefer small enclosed areas. If your dog is comfortable in a crate, that is a good option.
4. Keep the curtains closed, and if possible, also the windows.
5. Make sure all your dogs are wearing ID tags with a properly fitting collar. (More dogs escape on the 4th of July than any other day!)
6. Leave your dog something fun to do – like a frozen Kong filled with his favorite treats, Peanut Butter – low fat – or even better Dogs Butter which can be purchased at Hollywood Feeds.
7. Play classical music. There are some good sound therapy DVDs available if you are working on this or interested in doing so. I recommend Through a Dog’s Ear (There is also one for Cats!)