If dogs had calendars, they’d mark the 4th of July as a day to endlessly pilfer hot dogs and hamburgers! Un-fur-tunately, they would also mark it as an evening full of doggo terror. We certainly love our fireworks, but our pet pals would like to disagree, wouldn’t they? We have put together some measures you can take to keep your furbaby happy and safe this 4th of July. It’s time to gently hold your doggo’s patte and help them through the loud celebrations.
UPDATE YOUR POOCH’S IDENTIFICATION
It is a terrifying thought, but the 4th of July sees the highest cases of missing dogs who run away amidst the intensity. Up-to-date tags can help people return your furball to you in such a case. Oh, the thought of their darling pup lost and scared can reduce even a grown person to tears! To make sure this does not happen, update your dog’s identification tags. Include your pet’s name, your address, and contact number. If you can microchip your dog, that’s even better. Look at @its.arlo.dood and his buddy here. All tagged up!
EXCERCISE, EXCERCISE, EXCERCISE!
Plenty of exercise is one of the best pieces of advice to make your doggo feel more comfortable preceding a stressful event. It may sound mundane, but make sure your pup burns any pent-up energy before the parties and fireworks begin. A tired and sleepy dog is a happy dog on the 4th of July!
Physical stimulation is a critical part of your floofy doof’s everyday life. However, you must give it a greater amount of im-paw-tance now. Your pup may be able to sleep peacefully through the noise, like little miss @mangominiaussie here.
YOUR BEST FRIEND DOESN'T NEED TO SEE THE FIREWORKS
We know you love holding your doggo’s paw while you enjoy life. As much as you may want your best friend’s company, keep your dog indoors while the fireworks are on.
Your pooch will feel safe and secure at home, in familiar surroundings. Even if you plan to set off fireworks from your yard, let your dog stay inside and away from direct noise and brightness. Here’s @mollydogandfriends showing us how our doggos should be on the 4th of July- warm and cozy at home.
PREPARE A SAFE AND COSY SPACE FOR YOUR POPPET
Now that we’ve established that ton amour must stay at home, let’s try to make them fully comfortable. The first step is to make sure you leave your doggo in a warm and comfy room. Bring in everything your rascal needs- blankets, cushions, a favorite toy. Keep the blinds down or pull the curtains so that the brightness of the celebrations remains outside.
If you’ve crate-trained your pupper, put them in a crate and drape a blanket over it. This will help muffle the noise a bit too. Try making a warm hiding spot for your dog to burrow into as well. You can use a Dog Appeasing Phermone Diffuser to keep your pup calm. Your focus is to make your dog feel as snug as paw-sible, just like @amber.the.yorkie here.
SOOTHING TUNES CAN GO A LONG WAY
Did you know that music can help our furry friends too? It can help lower the impact of loud noises and firework bangs and booms on the 4th of July. You can play some soothing tunes to help calm down your doggo. Music is an incredibly effective way to reduce the anxiety that your pup may be feeling.
While any calming music can help, there are specific playlists for dogs too. For instance, Through A Dog’s Ears gives you access to an assortment of pet-calming melodies. If you cannot turn towards music for any reason, switching on the television is an alternative. Piccolo at @piccoloandturbo sure seems to know his favorite tunes! Maybe your rascal will find theirs too.
TOYS ARE A DOG'S BEST FRIEND
Dogs react differently to anxiety. Some may start chewing on household objects and cause damage. So, make sure your pet has chew bones or toys to keep them busy on the 4th of July. It will help them bust some stress! Here’s @gamjamypotato showing off some super cute toys!
REASSURE YOUR DOGO
Your canine companion needs emotional su-paw-t, too, especially when they’re scared and anxious. So, make sure you keep checking in on your doggo from time to time. Don’t forget to shower your buddy with pets and affirmations! However, hugging may not be the best idea since not all dogs enjoy hugs when nervous. We want a smiling doggo like @corginaan, don’t we?
TREATS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME!
The 4th of July can be a tiring day for your furbaby. Your nugget deserves to be pampered! Here at Bonne et Filou, we’ve got that covered with our spread of macarons for dogs. They’ll have your buddy drooling like never before!
Our treats are completely safe for your dog. They are free from preservatives, artificial elements, corn, and wheat. You’ll be happy to know that vets endorse them too. A day full of hot dogs and hamburgers for you, and a day full of dog macarons for your best friend. Could it be any better?