Take your pup for a run, a few walks throughout the day, or go to a dog park. Try to exert any extra energy your dog may have due to heightened senses and fears towards the end of the night. Let them play in the sprinkler, fetch, or play in a doggy pool to keep them hydrated and happy as well.
Always leave your dog something fun to do – like a frozen Kong, puzzle, or Lickmat filled with his favorite treats. Try using sensory enrichment to calm dogs. Sound therapy with relaxing, calm music. Amazon has many options of sound machines, turning on the television loudly, or recording your voice to reiterate their safety. Scents can be an all-natural way of helping your dog. Try some calming mists or sprays. Lastly, there are anxiety wraps, thundershirts, or weighted vests/blankets that may assist in calming fears.
Fireworksnation.com recommends keeping your dogs inside during fireworks, preferably with human companionship. If it’s hot, air conditioning will help. Bringing your dogs to a fireworks display is never a good idea. Remember their senses are way more heightened than yours or mine. Ensure your pup can’t get out a doggie door, screen door, or unlatch a door handle to get out on their own while you are enjoying the show in the sky. A crate is always a great idea to keep them safe (if they are used to one). Provide them a safe space to retreat when they feel scared. Lastly, closing blinds, windows, and curtains when possible also lowers visual stimulation.
Take a recent picture of your canine, just in case they do get lost over the holiday. Make sure all of your dogs are wearing ID tags with properly fitting collars. Pet’s should always have collars with personal identification information that is easy to read and not worn off. The AKC recommends making sure your dog is microchipped and has a GPS device. As my mom always said, “It’s better safe than sorry.”
1. Don’t leave open chip bags lying around unattended.
2. Cut the bottom off of the empty chip bag before disposing.
3. Secure all trash and food containers away from prying paws. Find a way to lock or secure your trash can."