The 4th of July can be a stressful time for pets, especially dogs. The loud noise and unfamiliar experience can cause your dog to suffer from anxiety.
As a pet owner, you want to do everything possible to make your pet feel comfortable. Thankfully, there are some easy things you can do to help relieve the anxiety and make pets comfortable during the 4th of July.
Keep Pets at Home
First things first. If your pet has a problem with loud noises, large crowds, and new experiences, you want to leave your dog at home. A large fireworks display downtown can cause major anxiety that may stick with your dog for years. Instead, leave your dog at home. If you live in the city limits or where people will be shooting off fireworks, make sure your dog has the ability to make himself comfortable and feel safe.
Create a Space for Her to Hide
If you're staying at home, but still live in an area where fireworks can be heard, make it easy for your pet to access her crate or another comfortable area. Your dog may want to crawl in your lap, but this reinforces the fear. Chances are your dog will go to her crate and hide until the noise is over.
Drown Out the Fireworks with TV or Music
Another great tip if you're staying at home or not is to drown out the noise of fireworks with TV or music. If your dog runs loose in the house while you're away from home, you don't want him to hear the fireworks and become anxious. This could result in destructive behavior. If you want to make him extra comfortable, place him in his crate and turn on the TV or radio to something soothing.
Use a ThunderShirt
Last, but not least, a ThunderShirt can do wonders for dogs that suffer from anxiety. The key is finding the right fit. Follow the measuring instructions to get the best fit for your dog. The shirt works by applying gentle, constant pressure to relieve anxiety. Sizes are available in XX Small all the way up to XX Large.
The 4th of July doesn't have to a stressful time for your pet. There are things you can do to make her comfortable. Whether it's leaving her at home or using a ThunderShirt, you can relieve the anxiety that comes with the holiday.