New Neighborhood Has Fireworks? How to Prepare Your Dog for July 4th
Dogs and fireworks often do not mix well. If you have a dog that hides during any big thunderstorm and completely freaked out during last year's July 4th festivities, you probably already know this.
Since dogs have a keen sense of hearing, unexpected explosive sounds can be very upsetting and frightening to them. If you have just settled into a new neighborhood, you may not know exactly what to expect in terms of fireworks this July 4th.
Whether you plan on leaving your dog home while you go watch a display, or you plan on settling in with your pet, it pays to prepare yourself and your canine for whatever the new neighborhood might bring in terms of loud sounds this weekend.
Do Your Research
If you just moved into your new home, find out if you can see or hear any community firework events from your neighborhood. Often, even small towns offer a display and usually the town clerk’s office can tell you about all scheduled events.
This is also a great time to get to know your neighbors and the typical neighborhood activities. You don’t need to go door-to-door asking questions, but if you see a neighbor outside, go over and introduce yourself. Ask about the neighborhood and their experience living there over the years.
If this neighbor you are speaking with has a dog, they probably will offer some good insight as to what you can expect and how big your neighbors tend to celebrate.
Regardless of what you learn, take a few steps to be prepared for keeping your dog calm and comfortable during any 4th of July festivities.
With a little research and preparation, the 4th of July celebrations will probably not cause anxiety for either of you. In a nutshell, create a safe space for your pet: close the doors, windows and curtains, turn the television, radio or white noise up – and try to behave as normally as possible to encourage your dog to do the same.