Dogs and the 4th of July

The 4th of July has always been one of the biggest events we would have with my family.  No one enjoyed the fire works more than my father.  No matter how much us two legged members of the family enjoy the 4th, for a very large percentage of our 4 legged family members, it is one of the scariest times of the year.

Sudden loud fireworks can scare a dog and they will do their best to stay away from them, but if it is happening on all sides of them, they don’t know where to run.  Even for a dog that is outside the vast majority of the time, it can be a tough day.

To help your dogs deal with the fireworks, let them have a place inside to hide, alone; company that your pets don’t know or know well can add to the confusion.  I have heard by having the lights on, they won’t see the flash of fireworks as much.  Others have said that “Thunder Shirt” help a lot.

The biggest part is that your dogs not be scared and panicky while outside.  Scared dogs often run into the street, which can become a story I never want to hear.

Be safe and enjoy,

Ken

This picture was not taken on the 4th of July or during a thunder storm.
This picture was not taken on the 4th of July or during a thunder storm. That is Joe on the right and Bella, who joined us in April.