Every year around this time many of my friends go missing. At first, I thought it was one of those weird alien things where they went off into space somewhere or something strange like that as some of them never returned to their humans! WOOF!! WOOF!! BARK. Well, this may be a bit of an exaggeration as I don’t know all the dogs that go missing every year.
Did you know that the time period around the 4th of July and its celebrations is when more dogs go missing than any other time of the year? BARKS! Fireworks and flashing lights are not your dog’s best friend – not even a close distant cousin!
Remember that, to your dog, the noises and light flashes of fireworks are unlike other loud noises like thunderstorms because they are closer to the ground, louder, brighter and have burning smells. Barkingly, thunderstorms come on gradually with related signs, fireworks do not. Since dogs experience the world through nose, eyes, and ears, fireworks can be a pawsitively overwhelming experience for them! WOOF!! These frighten dogs causing them to run and hide.
A bark or two of preparation will help keep your dog safe, sound, and happy! Barks, my humans plan to be home with me on the 4th, making sure I have plenty of treats, snacks, and water. We’ll watch music concerts or TV shows which will not have any loud booming noises from 4th celebrations. Sometimes, I curl up in my crate not far from my humans. If they can’t be home, and they cannot take me with them, they arrange for my uncle Ed or his pawsomely beautiful wife to sit with me! Barkingly, a Doggie Day Care could be an option for your dog too. If you have to make arrangements unfamiliar to your dog, take him there a few days ahead.
My human will let me out in the backyard and take me for walks earlier than normal on the 4th. Sometimes, the loud noises of firecrackers and fireworks will make dogs jump fences or take off running so to be prepared, he watches over me. It is so pawsome to have a human who loves me!
Putting a comfortable, tight-fitting T-Shirt on your dog is a pawsome way to help them feel secure. Paws, you can buy a Thundershirt which has proven to be a excellent method for helping dogs relax.
If your dog seems to have a rough time with the fireworks, talk with his veterinarian for solutions. A veterinarian can offer sedation methods and ideas which would help the dog relax. These methods should be checked out ahead of time so you’ll both be prepared and there will be no surprises.
If you expose your dog to these noises in a positive manner at an early age, like three weeks to three months, you may be able to de-sensitize them. I recommend asking a dog trainer for ideas to assist with this.
BARK! The most important thing you can do for your dog is to stay relaxed! Don’t fuss with your dog during fireworks as it just reassures them it’s a time to be afraid or apprehensive. Accept the situation and do your best to make your dog happy and comfortable.
My friend Miss Lisa from Operation Paws for Homes brought a few friends for you to meet this week.
Meet Cass, a 2 ½ year-old Retriever mix who is spunky, fun, and just wants some humans to love! She is house and crate trained with pawsome house manners!
Cass is always looking to have fun, play with toys and just be with her human. She plays with other dogs but needs a slow introduction to get to know them. She’s smart, focused and seems to enjoy training so she can learn more fun stuff! BARKS! She enjoys walks but will need to master proper leash skills. She knows some basic commands.
Meet Chevy Chase. He’s a happy fellow whose face shows it almost all the time. He is between 1-1 ½-years old, and a Labrador Retriever-Collie mix.
Chevy Chase has done well with mini-humans in prior home settings. He loves running, playing ball, chew toys, and belly rubs. He’s house- and crate-trained and knows some basic commands!
He’s looking forward to meeting humans to love and enjoy life with! BARKS!!
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