How To Enjoy Fireworks With Your Dog

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It may seem like it will never happen, but you just may be able to enjoy fireworks with your dog... with a little patience, practice and Herbsmith - July Third.

Fireworks, for humans are enjoyable. They are literally fire in the sky. For our dogs and cats though, July 4 fireworks are a panic-inducing series of loud booms and bangs, typically puncuated with oohhs and aaahhhs from the older humans and shrieks of delight from younger humans. It can be a very scary time for a pet -- even if he or she isn't typically reactive.

How can you help your pet enjoy fireworks?

  • Know that it's not crucial that you take your pet with you to view fireworks. If he doesn't like crowds you are introducing him to that and then adding in fireworks and adding to his stress. Keep him home in a safe room with a television or radio on to drown out the outside noises.
  • If you're determined to take your pet with you to view fireworks or if there is simply no place you can go to escape them, introduce her to them when she's young. Socializing your dog and introducing her to new sights, sounds and loud noises when she's young will help her understand you are there to keep her safe no matter the sounds or sights around you.
  • Make certain your dog and cat have collars and tags with your contact information or have them microchipped. July Fourth is one of the times of the year with the highest incidence of lost dogs. They may bolt from your grasp at the noises and the sounds and even the smells of the fireworks.

Some dogs have a personality that nothing rattles them. Other dogs, no matter how socialized they are, will panic at the sound of the fireworks. Don't punish your dog for being fearful as that will make him more afraid. If you simply can't get your dog or cat comfortable with the noises of fireworks, plan to stay in, close the blinds, turn on the television or white noise like a fan and wait until it's silent again.

Even a dog who is a little jumpy around fireworks, meeting new people, going to the groomer or other events that frighten him could benefit from Herbsmith - July Third.

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Use July Third the day before or the day of those situations that may cause stress and tension for a short-term immediate effect. For dogs that need long-term, cumulative calmness, we recommend using Herbsmith’s Calm Shen®.

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