How to Prepare Your Dog For Fireworks

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Fireworks can be incredibly nerve-wracking to some dogs. If your dog is not accustomed to fireworks, or simply does not care for them at all, there are a few ways you can help your pup remain calm during this time of celebration. 

Keep reading as we discuss some options you can consider following that can help your pet stay safe and happy during the festivities. 

Counter-Conditioning

If you have the time to counter condition your dog for fireworks, this may be a good option to consider and work on. Grab a handful of treats and carry them wherever you go. If there is a noise that frightens your dog, grab them a treat. The treats you choose should be used only for loud noises. 

Some dog lovers use this method to help get their pet accustomed to loud noises, like fireworks, so they aren’t incredibly anxious when it comes to any type of loud noise.

Creating a Safe Place

Many dogs already have a ‘special place’ they feel most comfortable in the home. For some, it’s the couch. For others, it’s their crate. Or, they may even feel most comfortable lying on the floor in a particular room. This is their safe space. Be sure they have access to that space at all times - especially during times you know they will be anxious. 

If your dog likes you to be in their safe place, stay in their safe space with them. You can read a book, watch a movie, or just spend time with your pet while helping them remain calm and happy.

Try Sound Masking

If you are staying home for the fireworks, you can try masking the sound. Lie down on the couch or bed and turn a movie or tv show on while making sure the volume is relatively loud. The movie or show will block out some of the sounds from the fireworks. This alone could help your dog significantly.

Medications to Reduce Anxiety

If your dog is simply unbearably anxious and has a horrible time with loud noises, you may want to talk to your veterinarian regarding some type of anxiety medication. Most times, veterinarians will prescribe something on an as-needed basis for times like these. 

Fireworks can be just one of the many things that dog's dont like- we hope these tips will better prepare you and your furry friend.

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