How to Safely Celebrate Freedom with Your Dog
How to Safely Celebrate Freedom with Your Dog
Imagine, for a moment, that your dog is doing that quirky thing where they turn their nose skyward, squint their eyes a bit, and sniff the air. You can picture it, right? Not only is it incredibly cute, but it is also helping your pup identify a certain scent, and that scent is freedom.
That’s right—the Fourth of July is right around the corner, and with it comes perhaps the most American display of independence known to humankind. You guessed it—fireworks!
While this celebration of American freedom brings comradery and joy to most people, pets can be another story. The chaos, loud noises, strange people, and so on can cause them anxiety and make the holiday quite dangerous for your dog.
So, to help you enjoy the Fourth of July properly while ensuring your pup stays happy and safe, we’ve put together this quick guide on how to safely celebrate freedom with your dog!
This is purposely vague because planning ahead can mean a variety of things depending on your dog and your unique situation. Some basic things to consider doing, though, are listed below!
Talk to Your Veterinarian
Talking to your veterinarian concerning anxiety supplements for your pup can provide insight into how you can safely mitigate your pup’s stress levels during the festivities. While not all dogs will need supplements for this reason, speaking to your vet is always a good idea when it comes to evaluating your dog’s needs and addressing them safely.
Acclimate Your Dog
Trying to acclimate your dog to fireworks before the big day can pay dividends when the main event takes place. While you shouldn’t subject your dog to something that is dangerous to them, helping them become familiar with fireworks may work. Think of it as trying to teach your dog to love swimming. They may have been uncertain at first, but then grew to love it!
Create a Comfortable Space
Giving your canine companion a comfortable, familiar space where they can hang out as you celebrate is a great idea. What this space looks like will be dependent on your dog. Your pup may feel safest in their crate, a certain room, or somewhere else entirely. Place a few of their favorite toys and comfort objects such as beds and blankets in that area to really create a familiar environment.
Taking time to encourage physical activity before the festivities begin is often helpful in reducing your dog’s stress and keeping them calm. As you exercise them, make sure they are either on a leash or in an enclosed area. The last thing you want is for a holiday noise to startle your pup and send them running away.
Have a Backup Plan
You should be prepared in the event that your dog does get loose and runs off. Have a leash ready—preferably a harness that prevents pressure on the neck, as your dog might be frightened and hyperactive—ensure their identification is up-to-date, and double-check the information associated with their microchip.
Be Aware of Food and Items
Aside from fireworks, there are other potentially dangerous aspects to the Fourth of July celebrations. The food you and your human friends share on this special day is likely not suitable for your pup, so be sure to keep it out of reach and inform your friends that you’d prefer they not share with your dog.
Items can also be dangerous. Matches, firework remnants, sunscreen, and more can all be detrimental to your dog’s health and potentially even deadly. Be aware and clean up quickly!
Keeping your pup happy and healthy doesn’t have to be challenging when July Fourth rolls around. By being prepared and taking the necessary precautions, you can ensure that you and your furry best friend enjoy the freedoms America enjoys!
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