The 4th of July is a fun day for Americans to celebrate their freedom, but it is dangerous for dogs. More dogs go missing on Independence Day than any other. It can also be traumatizing for us with the loud explosions and flashes of light. This holiday requires safety precautions for your dog to make it past the 4th with as little stress as possible.
If you are going to go see fireworks, please DO NOT take your dog with you! My humans went to an early 4th of July celebration held by the city. They saw someone leading a young dog and later saw another dog. I’m sure there were more there. They could hear one dog barking in distress as the loud booms occured. Dogs have much better hearing than humans, enabling them to hear sounds that humans are unable to detect. Imagine the pain that poor dog was experiencing during those powerful explosions. To him, the fireworks weren’t enjoyment; they were torture. Please, when you go to see a firework show, leave your dog at home in a secure room or cage. Do not leave him outside. Even the distant sound of firecrackers can cause dogs to freak out and dig under or jump over the fence. Keep your dog safe; keep your dog inside.
If your dog shows distress this 4th of July, give her a few comforting words, but don’t overdo it. Too much comfort can cause dogs to think you are insecure. Put on some classical music to help drown out the noise; give your dog a favorite treat or bone; and put your pet in the room with the thickest walls.
Have a safe 4th of July!