How To Keep Your Dog Calm During Fireworks

Robbi Hess

July 4th is fast approaching and many pet parents are worried. Fireworks displays cause many dogs anxiety and stress because of the loud booms to the squealing noises and the bright lights. 

Pet parents who have dogs who are terrified of fireworks displays and even thunder and lightning storms may find their dogs cowering under the bed, barking and whining or clawing at the door to try to get away from the noise. 

How To Keep Your Dog Calm During Fireworks

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If you want to have a calmer dog during this year’s July 4th fireworks displays, we have a few suggestions: 

  1. Don’t take your dog with you to watch fireworks. Some pet parents feel their dogs will be happier and safer with them than home alone during fireworks, but this just isn’t usually the case. In addition to being right in the midst of all of the noise, your dog will also be jostled by strangers who are watching the fireworks. 
  2. Find someone to stay with your dog. If you want to watch the fireworks displays, find someone who can stay with your dog so he isn’t home alone. Many families vacation during the Fourth of July holiday and that means your dog is not only hearing fireworks, but she is in an unfamiliar location. Don’t leave her home alone. Plan in advance for a pet sitter to come or a family member to stay behind with your dog. 
  3. Find a quiet space. If you’re staying home with your dog, find a quiet space, away from the fireworks to ride out the sounds. Gather your pup and go into a room and watch television with him. Turn on a radio to help drown out the sounds of the fireworks. Pull the curtains closed and close the windows to keep the sounds to a minimum. 
  4. Let your dog go into her crate if that is a comfort. Put the crate in a darkened corner of the room, turn on the television or the radio for background noise and let your dog take comfort from her crate. 
  5. Protect your home or vacation home you’re in. If your dog’s anxiety manifests itself through scratching the doors, take your CLAWGUARD Door Shield on vacation with you. The door shield is light, travels easily and can protect the door of your vacation home without using any hardware. 
  6. Protect your dog by keeping him away from any open doors. Keep his collar and identification tags on. July 5 is the busiest day for shelters and rescues because of all of the dogs who bolt into the night during the fireworks. Don’t let your dog become a runaway statistic because of the fireworks. 
  7. If your dog is overly anxious or stressed out whenever she hears loud noises like fireworks or lightning, ask your veterinarian for advice on ways you can help her to relax. Your vet may recommend a Thundershirt, a calming collar or other herbal or medicinal remedies to help alleviate her anxiety. 

Enjoy the Fourth of July holidays with your family and with your pets! Are your dogs frightened of fireworks or thunderstorms?

What remedies have you found to help them relax? We’d love to know! 

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How To Find A Lost Dog

Robbi Hess
If your dog goes missing, would you be reunited? Statistics show that only one in ten dogs who are lost are eventually reunited with their families. What can you do to find a lost dog and be reunited? Here are a few ways to keep them safe and then facilitate a reunion.

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Pet Loss Prevention: Ways to Make Sure Your Home Is "Escape Proof"

Beke Lubeach

No one should live through the fear and suffering if his or her dog goes missing. Whether your dog escapes through an open door, bolts through a screen window, gets out of a fenced-in yard or gets stolen, pet parents need to do all that they can to make their home escape proof and keep their beloved dogs and cats safe.

As July is Pet Loss Prevention Month, an awareness campaign spearheaded by PetHub, we want to provide you with tips to keep your dog and cat safe, make your home escape proof and how to find a lost pet.

Tips to keep your dogs and cats safe and make your home escape proof:

  1. Microchip your dog or cat.
  2. Collar your pets and make certain their collars feature a tag with your contact information on it.
  3. Teach them to stay away from open doors. This training needs to start when the pet is young so prevent their bolting out an open door.
  4. If your dog is in a fenced-in yard, inspect it regularly for any areas from which your dog could get loose.
  5. Close windows when you leave your dog or cat home alone so they don’t fall out or jump out a screened window to get to something that catches their attention out the window.
  6. Turn on the television or radio or tune to DOGTV to entertain your dog when you’re away. This is especially helpful if your dog gets anxious or nervous when left home alone.
  7. Give them food puzzle or other toys to play with to keep them busy while you’re gone.
  8. Take a long walk before you leave. Tiring them out may make them sleep the day away and make them less likely to be scratching to get out while you’re gone. Play with your cats to tire them out, too.
  9. If you’re having a party, put your pets in their crates or put them in a room where they can’t escape when guests are in and out of the house. Not everyone will pay as much attention to your dogs and cats as you will and they may not know your pets are not allowed out-of-doors.

How to find a pet who has escaped or has been taken:

  1. Call local shelters and animal control agencies to let them know your dog or cat is missing
  2. Put up fliers in your neighborhood
  3. Put notices on Facebook and ask your friends and family to share
  4. Put a notice in the local newspaper
  5. Go searching where you last saw your dog or cat. Search in the early morning or early evening hours when it’s quiet and your pet might not be as afraid
  6. If your cat is missing, leave his litter box outside the door -- they can smell it and it may lure them home
  7. Call local veterinarian’s offices and report your dog missing

Protect your pet. Keep him safe from harm by applying these tips and by doing all you can to bring him back home if he manages to get out of your house or yard.

CLAWGUARD builds shields that protect homes from damage caused by dogs and cats. Products include door shields, couch guards, and universal protective tapes that protect commonly scratched areas like window sills, furniture, banisters, weatherstripping and more. Our products relieve pet owner anxiety! Look for us in the pet hardware section of your local retail store.

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