Our Dog Park Is The Perfect Pet Reward After A Night Of Fireworks
Lots of things make dogs anxious— lost toys, mailmen, the end of a peanut butter jar— but fireworks, maybe more than anything else, truly scare our pups. And as much as we might look forward to Independence Day, our pets don’t enjoy the festivities nearly as much.
Because of the infrequency and unknown source of the fireworks’ sounds, dogs have a hard time getting used to them. They cannot anticipate the fireworks, so dogs simply see a flash and hear a bang. And because these fireworks only happen a few times a year, they aren’t naturally desensitized.
Luckily, there are a few steps that dog owners can take to make their pets’ 4th of July less stressful.First, it is important to keep your dog in familiar surroundings. As creatures of habit, dogs will be comforted by a space they know. They will be startled by the noise, so keep your pup inside your home, close the blinds, and maybe play music or the TV to dampen the noise.
Many dogs that are prone to anxiety benefit from a thunder shirt, which wraps around your pet to provide constant, mild pressure and makes them feel more secure.
Because of the stress of fireworks celebrations, there is a spike in runaway animals around Independence Day. Make sure your pet is in a safe place, and is well identified with a microchip and/or current tag. Ideally, pets should stay at home, in a calm, escape proof location.
After a stressful night of fireworks, it will be nice to reward your pet. Take a trip your favorite dog park, like the one on The Old School Farm, to let your pup run and play away their fireworks stress.