The Fourth of July is the celebration of personal freedom that America represents. It isn’t about attending parties, picnics, fireworks and enjoying yourself. While these fireworks uplift our spirit, it is important to keep in mind that our canine friends respond negatively when they hear loud noise. According to The American Pyrotechnics Association (APA), more than 14,000 fireworks displays light up U.S. skies each 4th of July. MSA would like to share some tips to make this holiday safe and calm for your canine!
- Not all dogs perceive loud noise as a threat. However, most of the dogs either get hypervigilance or try to hide when they hear loud noise. Observe the moods and action of your dog to know if they are getting restless. The signs are usually yawning a lot, getting stiff, chewing, scratching, shivering and hiding.
- Provide a safe space for your dog to stay. It is best to give them their favorite treats while they stay indoors. If your dog is afraid and hiding under the bed, do not try to pull them out.
- Keep your dog indoors, if possible. It provides them a sense of comfort and familiar surroundings will help them calm down.
- If you decide on taking your dog outdoors, make sure their collar or harness is tight enough and they are on leash. Hold onto the collar/harness just in case they try to run away. It is stressful for dogs to be in the crowd!
- Be sure your dog is wearing proper identification in the event and is visible on the collar at all times.
- Keep the fireworks, charcoals, sparklers away from your curious canines. Instead, provide toys filled with peanut butter or a bone to keep them distracted for a long time.
- It’s always a good idea to help your dog get some exercise. Take your dog for a run or a long walk before fireworks and exert all that energy so that it allows them to rest.