July 1, 2017

July 4th Tips

OMD it's July! That seems kinda cool at first, but then the 4th slowly comes along...let's just say the 4th of July isn't exactly a dog's favorite holiday. Many dogs are spooked by fireworks, and the 4th of July is the day of the year when most pets go missing. I think we should educate ourselves on the subject so we can change that, don't you think?

1. Go for walks BEFORE festivities start.
Get your daily exercise in before evening. Still be cautious because you might hear some fireworks from people who prefer to do it in the afternoon for some extremely odd reason, but overall, make sure to stretch your legs when it isn't dangerous for a pup to be outside. Plus, the more tired you are, the less likely you'll be scared of all the strange noises at night!

2. Have a room or crate to stay in for the evening.
Even though us pups would probably prefer to not be crated, on the 4th you might want to spend your evening in your crate or a room closed off from the rest of the house. That way, you can't practice any destructive behavior on the belongings of your humans and the confinement will keep you safe and calm.

3. Have something to distract yourself during the festivities.
Ask your human to give you a bone to chew, a Kong to empty, or an edible chew to keep you busy when all the scary fireworks fill your ears. Plus, now you have a reason to indulge in something totally delicious and fun!

4. Use a calming aid.
There are many products that will help calm a pooch. There are Thundershirts, a snug jacket for dogs that will make you feel secure. Your peeps could also use lavender essential oils sparingly on you to help calm you, give you a safe medication that's calming for dogs, etc. There are plenty more essential oils than lavender, so you could research that too!

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That's all I got for now. Enjoy your Saturday!


6 comments:

  1. Good and timely post!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  2. Frankincense oil on Abby Lab works great. I just rub three or four drops (she's 82 pounds) between my hands and rub around her ears and throat and neck. It totally chills her out. She doesn't LIKE the noise but she doesn't desperately try and hide or shake, she's even gone to sleep during a thunderstorm with it.

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  3. In our area, a lot of the surrounding towns have fireworks on different nights. Last night they weren't too loud. We just stay home and turn the TV up.

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  4. It's not our favorite howliday either, Christmas. More dogs are lost one the 4th of July than any other day of the year. We hope effuryone takes care to have a safe celebration and keeps their fur-iends' best interests at heart through that kind of fun. Happy 4th.

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  5. Great tips Chris!

    Puppy Growls,
    Lucy

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