With the 4th of July Holiday Weekend quickly approaching, we thought it would be timely to write this week’s blog post on ways pet owners like you (and us) and help your pets and pups during the loud weekend ahead. It’s no secret that pets and pups aren’t a fan of loud noises such as the boom’s or blasts’ of fireworks. Our friends over at Purina.com, suggest these 4 tips and tricks this holiday weekend:
- Keep Them Inside: Even if your dog spends most of his time outdoors, bring them inside during firework displays. This will prevent them from running away when he feels scared, which can put them in danger.
- Create a Safe Space: If your dog is crate-trained, make his crate available, as that’s probably already a safe space for him. If not, put him in a bathroom or other small room with music or white noise to help drown out the boom of fireworks. Bringing his bed, blankets and toys into the room can make him feel more comfortable.
- Try a Calming Wrap: Calming wraps, vests and shirts apply light, constant pressure. Many dogs find this soothing and calming. You may find such products help in other anxiety-inducing situations, like thunderstorms.
- Desensitize: Start working with your dog far enough in advance to desensitize him to fireworks and other loud noises. You can start this process by playing fireworks sounds on a low level while playing with your dog and giving him treats. Over time, slowly increase the sound of the fireworks during these play sessions. Eventually, your dog will associate the sound of fireworks with happy and fun moments.
That’s it. Those are our top 4 ways to help your pets and pups cope with the loud noises that are a standard practice with the 4th of July Holiday Weekend. All of us at Doolittle’s Pet Products with you a happy and healthy 4th.