Blog Calming A Dog Scared By Fireworks
The Fourth of July is approaching, and that means fun, food and fireworks! However, many dogs find this to be a stressful holiday and feel anxiety about the constant loud sounds of our celebrations.
Dogs can express their distress through howling, barking and other habits that show they are uncomfortable. Many dogs don’t like fireworks because they’re loud, unpredictable, feel threatening and make them feel trapped.
Follow the tips below to help keep your dog calm, or call Very Important Paws to make a reservation to keep your dog safe and sound with our VIP team while you enjoy this national holiday!
Create a Safe Space Indoors
Even if your dog is used to staying outside, bring them in at night during fireworks displays. This will ensure their safety from any falling debris or from running away when they get scared. If your dog is already crate-trained, leave it open and accessible, as this is a safe space for them. You could also place dogs in smaller rooms and bring their bed, blankets and toys in to help make them feel more comfortable. Playing some music or white noise can also help drown out loud booms.
Use Calming Items
Calming wraps, vests and shirts apply light, constant pressure that many dogs find soothing and calming. Purchasing one of these in advance and testing it out beforehand can get dogs used to wearing something new. Other items, such as calming treats, can also be beneficial for stressed dogs.
Train and Desensitize
Over time, dogs can get over their fear of fireworks with some training. You should start this process way in advance of the Fourth of July to allow enough time for dogs to become desensitized. Playing firework sounds at a low level while playing with your dog and giving them treats will help them associate the sound with happy feelings. Then, slowly increase the volume over time during these play sessions and eventually your dog will think of only fun moments and become desensitized to fireworks.
Reserve a Spot At Our Dog Hotel & Resort
At VIP, we’re not just known for being a great place for a dog hotel, dog daycare and dog grooming in West Palm Beach. We can also care for dogs when they’re stressed. As the best dog hotel in West Palm Beach, VIP’s team will take care of your beloved pooch with personalized love and attention. Be sure to make a reservation ahead of time so we can hold a spot just for your dog this Independence Day.
Remember that dogs take social cues from you, so when you make an effort to keep your dog calm, it’s important to remain calm yourself. We hope these tips were helpful and that you and your dog enjoy celebrating this Fourth of July!