Frenchie Friday: How To Keep A Dog Calm During Fireworks

July 4th is approaching quickly and I’m incredibly nervous about our first firework display with Boomer. I looked up some tips to keep him calm and thought I would share with you all as well!

Keep dogs calm during July 4th

  1. Play firework sounds throughout the week so it’s a familiar sound to the pup. Start the sound off soft and then gradually increase the volume. 
  2. Be home with them. It’s not fair to just lock them in a room while you go out. Be mindful of the anxiety the experience and let them know you are there with them.
  3. Keep them inside with doors and windows closed. When dogs get frightened they are known to bolt so make sure he has a tag on and is chipped. Ideally put them in a room with window shades drawn, the sudden lights could disoriented them as well.
  4. Make them tired! Take them to the parade in the morning, play with them all day and take them for a walk in the afternoon. Do all that you can to make sure that they are tired so they have less energy to freak out. 
  5. Turn on the tv or radio for them. Having other sounds start a couple of hours before dark helps them associate those sounds with calm feelings. 
  6. If they feel the need to hide let them. If he wants to hang out in his crate or hide under his blanket don’t force him out.

I hope these tips help you and your pup have a safe and fun July 4th!

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