Being scared of fireworks, gunshots, or thunder isn’t uncommon in dogs. We are one of many that lost our dog last year during the July 4th festivities. I want to help you and your dog by giving you some simple tips to use this Fourth of July to help your dog cope with firework anxiety.
Signs Your Dog Is Scared Of Fireworks
Our dog, Copper, would literally run you over to get inside the house. His tail would be tucked and he would shake and tremble. He wouldn’t stop or go back outside until the sounds stopped and he relaxed. This happened when we would shoot guns and then when July came around we just didn’t think about fireworks having the same issue.
We Were Wrong! He Ran Away! Don’t let it happen to you…
Why Dogs Are Scared Of Loud Sounds Like Fireworks
It’s Very Loud
Dogs can hear four times as good as humans. And boy some of the fireworks are loud for us. Can you imagine what that must sound like for a dog? Me either.
The loud booms of fireworks happen a few times a year but dogs don’t know that. We light them up enjoy. And it can last hours. We pop fireworks in the morning or at night so Fido can’t even get used to them.
Fight or Flight Trigger
What do you do if you heard a gunshot? I know I would run and hide. These super loud booms will put your dog into that same mode. The problem though, is that a dog cannot hide. It can’t even escape the sounds. It’s all around and doesn’t seem to stop. Talk about feeling trapped and having nowhere to go.
Well I bet you can think of a few more reasons why our dogs are scared of the loud sounds of fireworks. Use some of the tips below to make your dog feel at ease and protected.
How To Help Your Dog Cope With Firework Anxiety
If he’s an outside dog, keep him inside before the fireworks begin. At the very least, he won’t be able to run away in fear. Make him comfy by bringing in his favorite blanket and toys. This will help calm your dog down during or after fireworks.
You can try some simple calming solutions like a calming vest for dogs. My wife put one of her shirts on our dog Copper. It fit way better than mine lol. You want it snug just like a good hug.
Make Your Pup Less Sensitive To Sounds
The best thing you could do for your dog is to train them to get used to the loud sounds. Below are some techniques to help desensitize your dog to loud sounds like fireworks.
Grab Your Dogs Favorite Treats
You need to get the best of the best. A snack your dog loves more than fear itself. I would start by doing really small fireworks. Watch your dogs body language closely and when you see he is getting nervous, call your dog and give him a treat.
This will help him feel that the loud booms will be a sign of good versus fear. Tip: You can use a recorded sound of a firework show instead of real ones. Stay consistent and remember high value dog treats. It may take time but it will be amazing to help your dog not be fearful of loud sounds. One day, maybe he will watch the fireworks with you and your family.
One of the best things you can do as a pet owner who loves your dog is to make sure your dog has tags and or micro chipped. There are options for medications but I always suggest to use natural methods first. Know your dog and if anything, bring them inside and show lots of love and give lots of treats.
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