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Summer brings lots of fun adventures, but with it comes a pretty scary one for some dogs – Independence Day. The Fourth of July fireworks are loud and unpredictable, which can be terrifying for dogs with anxiety. Read on for tips to help relieve your dog’s stress during fireworks.
How Can I Keep My Dog Calm During Fireworks?
Creating distractions is a great way to help your dog through scary fireworks. Playing music seems to help Rico during car rides, so we make sure to have some tunes going when the fireworks begin. He’s especially a fan of John Mayer!
If your dog likes to watch television, DogTV can be a great benefit! They offer plenty of TV programs geared toward pup-interests. It could be enough to distract your dog from the booms happening outside.
Engaging in an activity your dog enjoys is another great tactic. If they’re extremely focused during training sessions, why not break out the treats and teach them a new skill? It’ll keep their attention away from the noise and on you.
Puzzles are a fantastic way of engaging your dog’s brain and keeping them from stressing out. The mental stimulation keeps them occupied and tires them out both mentally and physically. Click here for our favorite puzzles!
Lavender essential oil is my go-to first step in relieving anxiety for both me and my pups! It is such a wonderful stress reducer, and can help relax dogs that get a bit worried during fireworks.
Simply rub a drop of two along their back to help calm them down. You can mix with coconut oil to make a soothing skin treatment while soothing their stress! It has the added benefit of making them smell like they’ve had a spa day!
Rico was a stressball when it came to loud noises and fireworks. No big surprise, since we rescued him off a busy street in Puerto Rico.
To help calm him down, we purchased the Thundershirt. It applies gentle pressure to key points on the chest and back, which helps calm many dogs and can relieve their anxiety during storms and fireworks.
Treats are always a good distraction, especially ones infused with calming ingredients such as chamomile and melatonin.
Roxy and Rico both like the way this brand tastes, and it seems to help take the edge off when they’re starting to get worried about noises. They view it as a treat and are happy to take it!
A Final Tip: Plan Potty Breaks During Quiet Times
We usually do a potty break well before sunset so they are inside and settled before fireworks begin. Make sure to keep their tags on them just in case they get spooked and dart off. Boomerang Tags are our favorite since they don’t make lots unnecessary noise.