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July 4th Fireworks & Dogs: 5 Ways to Calm Your Dog Without Medication

Updated: Aug 21, 2023

National statistics report the 5th of July is the busiest day of the year for animal control & rescues. Why? Because so many dogs run away from home in fear of 4th of July fireworks! Here's some tips on how to keep your pet safe:

1. Keep your dog inside during fireworks. Keep ID tags on your dog, even if keeping him/her inside, just in case a guest opens a door or s/he frantically runs off.

2. Make sure a "safe place" is available for your dog to hide. A crate or den-like room should be accessible for the dog to hide when he gets anxious. Putting a blanket over the crate will help calm him, too.

3. Exercise your dog by walking or swimming before firework/party festivities! This will help tire him out and be more calm during party time!

4. Give your dog something to do! Give him a toy like a Kong filled with peanut butter before fireworks begin. This will help keep him occupied on something other than just the BOOMs of fireworks!

5. Closing windows and curtains ---If (and hopefully) your dog is indoors, this will help drown out the flashy lights and some sound.

Thanks for factoring in your dogs' safety & checking my blog out! Happy 4th from my family to yours!

Do you have any dog calming remedies not listed? Comment below!

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