The 4th of July is my favorite holiday! I grew up in Iowa and that day was filled with fun. In the morning we’d enjoy the parade. In the afternoon we would head to a little tiny town called Minburn where we’d eat our hearts out, chit chat with people we hadn’t seen in a long while, and then enjoy my favorite thing- the races. We would do the egg toss, relay races, and my mom would even get in on the nailing contest (how many nails she could hammer in in a certain amount of time). If I won a race I was awarded a quarter. After a day of fun, we’d end with a bang; watching fire words. Fireworks are so beautiful, but very loud.
Did you know that the 4th of July is the number one day of the year when pets run away? It’s true. Pets get scared and think they need to “run away” from the sound. As you are enjoying festivities with your family this coming weekend, please keep a few things in mind.
- MAKE SURE YOUR DOG’S ID TAGS ARE ON
Your house may or may not be filled with guest going in and out the doors. Please just do something very simple by putting on the ID tags. If your dog happens to get loose, someone can easily return him/her.
- KEEP YOUR DOG INDOORS
The fireworks are extremely loud to the sensitive canine ears. Please do not take your dog out for the show. This is not the time, nor the place.
- CREATE A SPACE THAT IS COMFORTABLE AND QUIET; A QUIET ROOM
Have background sounds, like a fan running or air filter can help with some of the
outside noises. I like playing music “Through A Dog’s Ear” as my background music. You can provide a kennel may provide additional comfort with bedding and blankets.
- Thundershirts can aid dogs with sound anxiety.www.thundershirt.com
The fourth of July is such a fun holiday! Please keep your canine comfortable and safe so you can both enjoy!
Happy Independence Day!
BLOG WRITTEN BY MICHELLE HUNTTING
BUILDING THE BRIDGE OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN DOG AND PET GUARDIAN.™