July 4 can be an entertaining, fun holiday. I love making yummy summer treats and spending time with fiends and family. As much fun as this is for some of us, it isn’t for the dogs. So, here are 5 tips and tricks to help scared dogs on the 4th.
1) Let your dogs out before the fireworks go off. Usually people wait until the sun has set before the show begins. Make sure your dog has gone to bathroom, as they most likely won’t later.
2) Give your dog a Benadryl before the fireworks. It takes a little while for this to kick in, so you don’t want to wait too long. Also, if your dog won’t swallow it, hold his/her head up and rub his/her neck. Wait until their tongue pokes out before you let go. The alternative is for you to wrap it in some cheese or stick it in peanut butter.
3) Have blankets nearby. Our dogs seem to be comforted when they are hidden under a blanket.
4) Make sure your pets are secured indoors when the fireworks begin. You don’t want your dog to run away out of fear.
5) Be there for your dog! Offer your cuddles and hugs. A dog loves their owner(s) very much and is most comforted with you/you all around!
I hope you find this helpful today. Happy 4th of July and stay safe!