Happy 4th of July, America! As we celebrate this historical day, let’s not forget our furry friends who may become distressed by the loud bangs and bright lights of fireworks. Did you know that this is the time when most pets go missing due to the confusion and stress caused by noise levels? In this post, we will give you practical tips to help keep your pet calm and safe during the fireworks.
The loud and startling sounds of fireworks can be incredibly distressing for pets, particularly dogs. However, with a little planning, you can ensure your furry friend remains calm and relaxed. One of the first things you should consider is getting your dog chipped, which can help them be found quickly just in case they become lost or disorientated.
Another important consideration is to lock gates and lessen your pet’s food and water intake to prevent them from experiencing a tummy upset or accidents. These precautions are similar to those taken before tropical storms and hurricanes and are designed to give you fewer opportunities for problems and severe limitations.
Make use of the time with loud noises to offer praise and add playtime for your pet. For instance, you can practice playing with their favorite toy while vacuuming. If you have a particularly nervous dog, try teaching them agility. You can use practical items like chairs or a broomstick to create an agility course that will take their mind off the fireworks and the loud noises. Start with the stick on the ground and praise when they walk over it, then slowly increase the height.
You can also engage your pet by having three people sit in different rooms and call the dog to come, sit, and down each. These are simple daily activities and don’t have to be long or drawn out, just five or ten minutes for about four or five times a day. With consistent focus and obedience training, you build a more trusting and calm environment for your pets. They will also respond better to your calm and positive energy.