Evanger’s 4th of July Dog Safety Tips
by Ian Germann
For humans, the 4th of July is an exciting holiday filled with festivities shared with families and friends. Sadly, the 4th of July can be a challenging time for dogs due to the loud noises and unfamiliar activities, but with proper planning and precautions, you can help keep your furry friend safe and calm. To ensure the well-being of your canine companion, here are a few essential safety tips to follow on the 4th of July.
During the day of the 4th, aim to engage your dog in physical activities and playtime earlier in the day, well before the fireworks start to go off. A long walk or game of fetch will not only help your pup burn off energy, but it also makes it easier for them to relax later. This is because a tired dog is generally calmer and less prone to anxiety.
Secure the Environment
Dogs who are fearful may try to flee in an attempt to find safety. Check all your fences, gates and doors to make sure they’re properly closed and secure to ensure your dog doesn’t escape. Also check that your backyard is secure, with no potential escape routes.
This is especially important for people hosting 4th of July parties, which may have more opportunities for escape. With guests coming and going, it’s crucial to be mindful of open doors. Excited dogs might try to slip outside unnoticed.
The most challenging thing for most dogs on the 4th, the loud noises, sudden flashes of light and unpredictable explosions of fireworks can cause immense fear and anxiety in dogs. While you may not to be able to fully escape the sounds of fireworks, especially if you’re in the suburbs or city, you can keep your dog indoors during fireworks displays.
Find a room in your home where the noise is least audible, such as a basement or an interior room. Close all windows and draw the curtains to block out the flashes of light. If you can, try to use a room your dog is comfortable in, such as the room they sleep in.
Have Distractions On Hand
Having distractions for your dog during 4th of July celebrations can help redirect their attention away from the loud noises and unsettling environment. Puzzle toys, treat-dispensing toys, or toys that require them to work to get a reward can keep them engaged for longer periods. These toys can help redirect their focus and provide a positive outlet for their energy.
Offer your dog long-lasting chews, such as bully sticks, rawhide alternatives, or durable rubber chew toys. These chews are designed to last a while and can help keep your dog occupied and engaged. Chewing is also a natural behavior that can help relieve stress and anxiety in dogs.
Keep Identification Tags Updated
Ensure your dog is wearing a properly fitted collar with an updated identification tag that includes your current contact information. In case your pet becomes frightened and runs away, this will increase the chances of a safe and speedy return.
With these tips, you can make sure that the 4th of July is as bearable as possible for your pup. Remember, your dog’s well-being is a priority, so take the necessary steps to protect them on this holiday and you’ll feel good knowing that you did your best to keep them happy and healthy.
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