Friday, July 3, 2009

4th of July Tips

Well, it's that time of year where fireworks are going to be a huge part of the American Independence day celebration. Many dogs will not feel like celebrating though. With their acute sense of hearing and the noise of fireworks can be very disconcerting to them.

If you are planning on bringing the dogs with you to the celebration, the best thing for dogs is not to. If they are not on a leash, many will bolt at the first sign of noise. The combination of the smell of the gunpowder and the loud noises of the fireworks will make them nervous. My old Rhodesian Ridgeback, Elvis would pant and shake when the fireworks would happen. All this would happen when he was inside. All we knew how to do was comfort him and wait out the show.

I did read a couple of steps you can take to help your scared dogs adjust better.
  1. Put the air conditioner on. The sound will help muffle the noise.
  2. Have some relaxing music on.
  3. Give your dogs one of those dog toys that you can stuff something in the center. An example of this would be a Kong toy with peanut butter put in the middle.

Thanks for stopping by, feel free to share your July 4th memories. Also don't forget about our 3 month anniversary contest. Well, I hope all my American friends have a great holiday. For all of you guys who live in other countries, have a fabulous weekend!

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