Prepare Your Dogs for July 4th

By Claudia Kawczynska, July 2018, Updated June 2021
Fourth of July Safety Tips for Dogs

Many dogs, like our three, are afraid of loud noises and especially terrified of fireworks. With the Fourth of July coming up soon, it is good to keep in mind four main points to prepare for the celebratory pyrotechnics—keep dogs inside, create a calming environment, keep them away from fireworks, update identification. Here are few additional tips that we hope will help calm your dogs.

  • Make sure your dog has somewhere where they feel safe such as a covered crate or room in your house—or even in a closet or under your bed.
  •  ID. Update all of your dog’s contact info. Double check ID tags and microchip information in case they manage to escape. Also make sure you have a current photo of your dog.
  • Exercise. Give your dog plenty of exercise during the day. So that they are tired and safely inside when fireworks begin. 
  • Tasty Treats. Use food dispensing toys, like Kongs or edible bones for your dog to keep occupied and distracted.
  • CBD. Try a new CBD (cannabidiol) oil or treat for your fearful dog. Make sure you start with a low dosage. Hemp-based products can be a natural alternative to over-the-counter medicines, pharmaceuticals for animal anxiety and stress. 
  • Play music! Music is a helpful way to calm your dog and can also help muffle the sounds of fireworks. Or keep the TV or radio on so that sound might distract your dog from all the noise.
  • Thundershirt. Many people swear by the power of the Thundershirt – a wrap around vest your dog wears that is said to instantly calm them down. Grab the official Thundershirt, or try making your own DIY version.
  • Keep the curtains close and shut the windows during fireworks to minimize sound.
  • Stay with your dog. Your presence can be calming, a good petting session or massage can help as well.

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