Independence Day is right around the corner and you know what that means – it’s almost time for parties, barbeques, and fireworks. While it’s generally a time for celebration, not all pet owners feel that way. If you share your home with a furry friend that is not a fan of fireworks, here’s your guide on how to help them deal.
Don’t Leave Your Pup
While some pet owners don’t like to stay with an anxious dog as the feel it only enhances the behavior, that isn’t the case. Anxiety-related destructive behavior can be managed with training but you certainly don’t want to begin training during a fearful period. Since dogs are pack animals, they like to be around their family when they are scared. So, leaving them alone can be detrimental.
Staying with your dog also ensures they don’t run away. Some dogs get so spooked that they bolt out the door or escape from the yard when they hear fireworks.
Give Them Shelter
If you’re naturally opposed to crates, Independence Day is the perfect time to change your mind. Dogs want shelter when they are scared, even when they don’t know where their anxiety is coming from. With fireworks, they can only hear the sound, not see them, so it makes it extra-scary for them. A crate provides a safe haven for your pup. Put their favorite toys, blankets, or articles of clothing that smell like you to help them feel safe.
Consider Natural Remedies
There are natural remedies available for dogs suffering from firework anxiety. For example, natural therapies like calming treats contain ingredients like CBD, valerian root, organic passionflower, and chamomile that help reduce anxiety.
Always be sure to consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog any natural remedy to make sure they are a safe option for your pup.
Ask a Vet for Help
If your dog has severe anxiety, all-natural remedies may not be enough. You may have to work with your veterinarian to find the right solution. Medication is often recommended for dogs with extreme anxiety. Anxiety medication can help dogs deal with extreme stress or anxiety. Professional dog trainers can also help, too – especially if your pup starts to become destructive or dangerous to themselves.
If your dog is not a firework-lover like you, use these precautions to ensure they stay safe and sound during the holiday. And be sure all doors and windows are locked – spooked dogs have a habit of escaping!