Dogs and Fireworks

This is the dreaded time of year for many pet owners with dogs that experience stress from fireworks. Here are a few tips that can help your furry friends during this stressful time.

  • NEVER bring your dogs to an event that will be displaying fireworks. This would be an extremely scary event for dogs and the loud noise could trigger them to pull free from the leash and run away.
  • Be sure to keep your dogs safely confined in your home while fireworks are being set off. Do not let them roam free in your yard, even if it is fully fenced. Many dogs break out of their fenced yards in panic when fireworks are set off and then continue to run in fear of the loud noise.
  • Many dogs feel relief by having an area in the house to go to where the noise and light exposure is less. You could also try keeping the lights on and turning on a radio, television, and/or an exhaust fan to help drown out some of the noise.
  • Many of our clients have seen stress reduction in their dogs with use of a pressure wrap such as a Thundershirt, Adaptil DAP spray/diffuser, essential oils for pets….and Bach Flower Rescue Remedy FOR PETS (not the human one). Be sure to follow the instructions for each of these carefully.
  • You CAN comfort your dog. This will not reinforce the fear. It is however best not to “baby” your dog. Try sitting down next to your dog and slowly and calmly petting him. Try not talking to your dog unless you find it helps him to calm down. If you do talk to your dog, do so in a calm and soothing voice.
  • Fear usually gets worse overtime if not addressed. Please contact us if you would like to set up training to help your dogs overcome their fear of fireworks, storms, or other stressful situations.