Dogs get stressed during the New Year and Fourth of July celebrations because of all the booms and bangs! As a concerned dog owner, you should know how to keep your Labrador calm during the fireworks!
A dog’s hearing is extremely acute. Dogs hear things a lot louder than humans do. The booms of fireworks are loud but tolerable for us, but seem a bit like Armageddon for them.
On specific holidays when fireworks are traditionally used to celebrate such as the New Year and Fourth of July, the number of lost and hurt dogs increases every year. Terrified dogs run away from home seeking for a quiet and safe place to hide. But we all know a frantic, runaway dog is accident prone or could end up in a far worse situation!
Here are a few tips on how to keep your dogs calm during fireworks.
- Keep your dog indoors.You may want to put your dogs in a room where they feel the safest. This could be your bedroom or the basement. Dogs are natural escape artists so make sure the room is secure. As an extra precaution, you can also opt to put your pooch inside a cage inside the room.
- Ask your veterinarians for anti-anxiety drugs or recommend supplements or pheromone sprays to help calm your dog.
- Leaving the TV on or playing or music loudly enough to drown out the fireworks explosions is also recommended.
- Playing with your dog inside a secure room will also help divert your dog’s attention.
- There are K-9 Calming Vests, ThunderShirts and Anxiety Wraps available on the market. These dog-clothing options fit tightly around your dog’s body to make him or her feel safe and secure. But this may not work on all dogs.
Having your dog microchipped and adding a tag to your dog’s collar may help you find your dog in case she or he gets lost. Make sure to give your dog lots of water to help cope with the stress, too.
Giving treats to chew and gnaw on may help as well.