I am so very thankful that my pups are not sensitive to fireworks. They can sleep right through them, which is nice because I don’t have to worry about them getting stressed out, hurting themselves, or running away. Although my puppers are good about fireworks, I still make sure to take some precautions.
- Safe Space
- The pups always have a safe space available for them. If I have a party and it gets overwhelming, this is where they go. Everyone also knows when they are in that area not to bug them and let them be. Their safe space offers a fully covered dark area they can get to if they feel anxious or more of an open area if they are more comfortable there.
2. White Noise
- In their safe space, I have speakers set up so that white noise will play. I like to do this because white noise is usually calming, and I want to make sure they are as comfortable as possible.
3. Secure the House
- Fireworks can freak a dog out to the point of them finding a way out. You want to make sure that you keep them on a leash if you are outside with them. If you are in the backyard, make sure your fence is stable, and there are no holes, and your gate is locked. If you are planning on staying in the house, make sure all your doors are locked, and if you have a doggy door, you block it. In a panic, animals are great are escaping.
4. Extra love
- While fireworks are going off, give your pups a little extra love. That could mean that you hold them, pet them more, give them more treats or play with their favorite toy. I think this helps reassure them that they are safe and keeps them distracted.
I have heard people suggest that you play fireworks on youtube to help get them used to the noise. I hope you and your pups have a safe and happy 4th of July.