More dogs go missing on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year, and fireworks are to blame. Here’s how you can avoid a stressful and scary holiday for your rescue dog.
Rescue Dogs Hate Fireworks
Most rescue dogs, and dogs in general, have a strong fear of fireworks. The loud noises, big crowds, and spontaneity of the event, can set a dog back years in progress, and cause them to stray.
However, with proper planning and preparation you’ll be able to enjoy a fun and safe holiday with your animal.
Some experts suggest playing firework noises at home leading up to the event to desensitize your dog to the sound of fireworks. You can play Youtube videos or recordings, while keeping your dog calm, and showing them they are out of harm’s way.
You can also distract your dog by giving them a bone, treat, or toy during the fireworks. With an exciting new toy top lay with, the dog will be less likely to notice the frightening sounds around them.
Others suggest simply leaving your dog at home. We know that the holiday most likely means outdoor celebrations, and it can be tempting to bring your rescue in on the fun. However, leaving them at home with the windows and doors securely locked, and playing calming music, will ensure they won’t run in fear.
Take A Long Walk
It’s a good idea to take your rescue dog for a long walk before the festivities begin. Wear them out with a long exercise, and make sure they are able to use the bathroom. This way there won’t be any accidents out of shock or nervousness.
If you absolutely must bring your dog to the outdoor firework show, make sure to keep them outside of large crowds, and at a long enough distance from the actual fireworks. Make sure the dog has up to date tags on, and a strong leash. It’s also a good idea to have an up to date picture of your dog on you.
We wish you a happy and safe Fourth of July, hopefully your rescue dog won’t become a statistic.