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Helping Dogs Manage Fireworks

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The Fourth isn’t fun for everyone.

It comes as no surprise to anyone who owns a dog that the loud noises that fireworks and thunder make send many dogs into a frenzy. As much fun as we may have setting off and watching fireworks, our furry friends have a very different perspective on the matter. Many dogs have panic attacks and severe anxieties due to the loud noise.

But, as is always the case, science is here to save the day. There are several things you can do to help your dog deal with the loud bangs.

Tire Them Out: Dogs that remain active throughout the day, whether it be going for a walk or playing around the yard, are more likely to be conked out and not be affected by the noise.

Keep Them Inside : If you know that fireworks will be going off or thunder is in the forecast, do not bring your dogs outside. Never ever tie up your dog outside. They can easily choke themselves in fear over the noise.

Microchip Your Dog: Since dogs are known to run off when scared, it is in your best interest to microchip your dog so that they can be returned to you. The same can be said for making sure that you have a tag that identifies you as the owner and a collar to make it easy to grab the dog.

Create a Safe Zone : Dogs need to have a safe zone in the house. It may be their crate, under your feet, or on a bed. Regardless, it is a place that they can turn to for comfort during these loud noises. Keeping where they hang out dark also provides some comfort to them.

These are just a few of the things that you can do to help your dogs out. Understanding their mental capacity can help you feel for the anxiety they are feeling. Setting them up in the safest positions can help your dog get over, or at least alleviate, their fears of the loud noise.

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