Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe on the Fourth of July

This Fourth of July, many people are eager to get out and socialize and enjoy the festivities. It may be a fun time for people, but it can be a scary time for dogs, especially after the past year of being socially distanced and lacking exposure to different environments, noises, and people. As a result of the sudden, loud sounds that fireworks make and the crowds that form around them, more dogs are lost on the 4th of July than any other day of the year. Many dogs become fearful or anxious which may cause them to panic, escape, or injure themselves. When making your celebratory plans, consider your dog and how you will keep them safe, secure, and calm during the holiday.

Tips to Help Keep Your Dog Safe on the Fourth of July:

  • Make sure your dog has his or her collar and ID tags on and that microchip information is up-to-date
  • Get your dog out for exercise and play earlier in the morning before the crowds and noise
  • Avoid taking your dog to firework shows, large gatherings, or unfamiliar homes where people may be in and out
  • Remove outdoor access for your dog during the peak firework times
    • Dogs who might venture out to a yard could try to jump/climb a fence to get away
  • Put your dog in the quietest room in the house, away from windows and doors to the outside
    • Muffle sound with calming music and towels/pillows around the doors/windows
      • White noise machines or air purifiers can help as well
      • Ear wraps are also an option if your dog is tolerant of them
  • Try a thunder-shirt or anxiety wrap to help alleviate stress
  • Talk to your vet about calming aids such as:
    • Rescue remedy
    • Pheromone diffusers and collars
    • CBD products
  • Give your pup something to do during the firework shows. Give this a few minutes before the fireworks begin, instead after they start so your pup can stay focused on the treat. Examples are:
    • Frozen baby food in a bone or KONG
    • Long-lasting, special chew (not an every day item)
    • Interactive toy or puzzle

We hope you and your pups enjoy a safe Fourth of July celebration this year!