Much as those on Game of Thrones are always ominously muttering about…the 4th of July is coming…and your dog must be prepared. While not as deadly as dragons, Stark weddings and well, everything on GOT, the 4th carries its own dangers for your dog. Let’s cover a few things you can do to prep your home and dog for this dreaded day in the Game of Dogs. I promise, taking time to prepare your dog for 4th of July festivities will pay off in less stress for you AND your dog.
The most obvious, though not always possible, answer is to sequester your dog somewhere they cannot hear, see or smell the fireworks. Do you have a friend or relative whose home is in a fireworks free area? Is there a boarding kennel or Doggie Day Care in your area that offers a quieter environment? Be sure and take familiar items with your dog (and their crate) so they will be contained, just in case an errant reveler sets off fireworks unexpectedly.
Another option is to hire a petsitter, or have a trusted friend, stay home with your dog and keep them company during the festivities. Your family can take turns staying home with the dog on the 4th and miss the festivities. Personal Note: We manage a pet friendly resort and while we do not allow fireworks at the resort you better believe the rest of the people on the lake are pyrotech maniacs. I have taken the job of Zoe (Great Pyrenees) buddy on the 4th and I bring her in my office and sit with her. The Frenchies do not seem to notice the fireworks and Gio (English Toy Spaniel) is pretty oblivious also. I binge something on Netflix and sit with Zoe as I apply her RELAX.
Another method I read about, but have never tried as it requires way more advance planning than I can do, is to acclimate your dog to the sound of fireworks. Supposedly you get a recording of fireworks and play it quietly at first and then, over time, progressively louder and louder until it is the approximate decibel level of real fireworks. This is to be done over a period of months (see, I am in awe of the people who can do this-good for them) and may need to be used in conjunction with other methods.
Another method I have not personally used is the restraining/comforting method – like Thundershirts. I cannot fathom wresting a 120 pound furry working Great Pyrenees into a tight garment, but maybe I am just a wimp. These compression type garments work by squeezing the dog and making them feel secure. This is similar in theory to the heavy blankets and lap pads used for ADHD or Autistic kids to help them feel safe. Temple Grandin writes about this and it is fascinating. That was a digression, but I love her work.
Don;t feel bad that your dog is missing out on a family activity. They will have plenty of family fun when the dreaded fireworks are over. I promise they will not bring it up later and judge you for not taking them to the fireworks display!
Of course, we believe in our RELAX Dog Aromatherapy Roll-On to help take the edge off 4th of July stress and drama/trauma. RELAX was created to help stressed, tense, frightened or anxious dogs work through their fears. Relax is a gentle anxiety treatment you can use easily in your home or on the go.
Relax! is a soothing blend of therapeutic quality aromatherapy oils in organic golden jojoba oil and organic grape seed oil
Taking this little bit of time to prepare your dog for 4th of July fireworks WILL pay off!
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