Fireworks typically only happen once or twice a year so the loud noises and flashes of light can catch your dog off guard and cause anxiety. Here are a few tips on how to prepare for the evening and help your pet stay calm throughout the festivities.
Always remember a dog's hearing is 10 times more sensitive than yours!
DO NOT bring your dog to the firework display areas. Animals may become frightened and nervous. In addition to the main display other people may have personal fireworks, which are unpredictable and unsafe for pets to be around. Never leave your pet in the car, this could be a deadly mistake.
If you live near the location of the fireworks display, leave your pet inside in an area where he/she can do the least amount of harm to him or herself and your home. Leave the TV or radio turned on to a loud volume, which will help keep the unusual and inconsistent loud noises from frightening your pet.
A tired and full dog will be less anxious. Before the night of the fireworks display, take your dog on a walk that is longer than usual, or play a rigorous game of catch, and your pet might sleep through the whole thing. Include extra carbohydrates, like a baked potato or plain white rice, with your dog's meal that day.
If you are staying inside with your pet for the event, try to stay in a familiar environment. This will help lower stress levels and encourage a night of fun for everyone, including your pet.
The moment you notice your dog becoming overly anxious or stressed out, begin to comfort your dog. A nice and calming belly rub can usually help. You can also try to distract your dog with his or her favorite toy, or a small dog treat. Remember not to punish or "baby" your dog during times of stress, this may only make the problem worse. Stay calm and in control.