How to Keep Your Dog Calm and Safe During a Fireworks Display

Fireworks aren't just for celebrating Independence Day.  There are many other occasions where you might end up exposing your dog to a good old fashioned display of celebration.  Just like a summer thunderstorm, some dogs will become frightened or have a raise in their anxiety level when the show starts.

Many dogs become lost during these shows because they are afraid and are trying to find someplace that they consider safe.  While a lot of breeds will return home, since most Siberian Husky dogs have no sense of home, if your Sibe gets away from you there is the unfortunate chance that the dog may not find their way back home.

Always make sure that you dog is micro chipped and that the information on the chip is up to date with the correct address and phone number.  Even if your dog is chipped, it also helps to have an identification tag on their collar with your contact information so your dog can quickly be returned to you if he or she is ever lost.

In order to help prevent this from happening, here are 5 things that you can do to help keep your dog calm during the 4th of July holiday or anytime they are exposed to firework displays:

 1. Boarding or Kenneling

If you board your dog when you go out of town, this is an excellent option for keeping your dog safe during the holiday.  Whether it be at a facility that you are familiar with or a family member or friends house that watches the dog or that the dog knows, this is a good option as well.  Treat it like you always do when you are going out of town and the dog will be none the wiser.

If you can't board your dog elsewhere, consider using a training kennel for the evening with a peanut butter filled Kong to keep them safe and occupied.

2.  Sedation

You may opt to talk to your veterinarian about a sedative for your dog for the evening.  It will help to keep him or her relaxed while the festivities are going on and will help give you the peace of mind that you dog is sleeping and safe.

A thunder shirt works for some dogs to help with anxiety.

3.  Thunder Shirt

The thunder shirt works for some dogs but not for all.  This is a shirt that wraps around the dog's torso.  It was originally created to help dogs that have trouble with situations that they find uncomfortable like thunderstorms.  It hugs the dog's body tightly.  Again, it works for some dogs but not for all and will need to be used on the dog prior to the fireworks event so the dog is used to the feeling of the shirt around it.

4.  Extra Exercise and Distraction

Take your dog for an extra long walk or run to tire him or her out a few hours before the fireworks show starts.  Another option is to play with the dog for a longer period of time in the back yard by throwing toys or their favorite ball and having them chase it repeatedly.  This will help to get rid of any energy that your dog will have later in the evening.  This will help keep the dog calmer.

Distracting the dog while the fireworks are going off is another good thing that you can do to help your dog get through the fireworks show.  I always use a peanut butter or treat filled toy like the Kong to distract Sophie and it has worked like a charm for years.

5.  Keep Them Inside

The best thing that you can do for a dog that has a high level of anxiety when loud noises like fireworks are in full swing is to keep them inside.  If your dog is afraid of firework or loud noises like thunder, it's not a good idea to take them outside while the noise is going on.  The dog will try to get someplace that makes them more comfortable and at that moment, it is someplace that they can't hear all of the booming and banging.  At least with them in a familiar surrounding like the inside of their house, they will feel safer than they would outside.  Especially if they are in an unfamiliar place.

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