The fourth of July is an exciting time of year for any dog owner. It’s the time when you hope will be able to relax and let go of all the stress and work so much does. Unfortunately, fireworks, along with 4 other bills, holiday parties, and a trip to the vet can put a hyperactive dog into a mode of semi-confused terror. Your dog will probably want to run and hide. Let’s face it, he’s probably not going to give you “the look” on your next 4th of July party.
Here are a few tips on how to keep your dog calm and relaxed; be a remind and save your sanity on what to expect and look for as your dog reacts to the fireworks. Remember that your dog does not react to the loud noises themselves, he reacts to you.
1. Avoid Young Children- Your dog is not a small human. He may be curious about the noises, but if a small child is standing at the window with his/her mom or father, it can be very frightening for your dog.
2. Keep Your Dog Hydrated- Dehydration can be a problem with fireworks or even some dogs when they are left outside too long. Your dog will need plenty of water to help him or her keep their bodies hydrated.
3. Take Time to Aid an Injured Dog- It can be very upsetting to see a pooch injured by a flying piece of debris. If you see your dog being injured by something, it is your responsibility to get them to the veterinarian. Sometimes your dog may be too far away to reach, so you will want to know where they went when they were injured. In this case, you will want to take a few pieces of debris and put them into a large bowl. Then call your vet to see if you can collect them for them to see.
4. Get Him or Her to the Vet Fast- Things can happen at the worst possible time for a dog. Aside from the 4th of July falling on a day that shouldn’t be overly stressful on your pet, there are many situations that can happen when you’re lost. Fast action on your part can mean the difference between life and death for your beloved fur-baby.
5. Get a Brand New ID Tag- This is something I wouldn’t think twice about, unless you never plan on going outside. However, every year thousands of lost pets are simply never found after wandering around and being found, because there is no current ID in place. For your dog’s peace of mind as well as your inability to locate him or her later on, it’s a good idea to have a new ID put in his or her file.
6. Make sure your Dog wears a current ID- even if your dog has an old ID tag, it’s nice to have a new one as well. Having a current ID can mean the difference between your best friend being returned to you, or being ordered to be put down.
7. Wrap up your Pet- I know this is probably a common sense tip, but it’s one that many people don’t think of. You want to make sure you wrap up your dog just enough to make him uncomfortable. Wrap the opposite direction of the movement that he or she was running in.
8. Use aexisting ID to ID your Pet- One of the easiest ways to get your dog back to you if he or she gets lost is to use a current ID to ID him or her. If your dog is found, the city or town will most likely have an office that will be able to outdated your ID tag. Remember, the city or town may have an evening hours, so if your dog is found close to closed time, it may be a lengthy wait to have him or her returned to you.
9. Keep a Leash handy- If your dog tends to run away, it is best to keep a tight lead with you at all times when you go walking. This is just common sense.
10. Use a special whistle- You can buy these for your dog at your local pet store or online. These usually cost around $15 and are sound activated. When you call your dog, you can then play the sound, which may make your dog curious. This is the first step in training your dog to come when you call him or her, so this is a good way to start.