How to prepare dogs, pets for July 4th holiday fireworks

Fireworks are a beloved part of Fourth of July celebrations, but that can mean bad news for dog owners.Many dogs become scared and anxious when it comes to the booms and cracks. Dogs that are scared of fireworks will hide, tremble, pace or whine in response to the sounds. Here are some tips to make the holiday a little easier for your pet:1. Make time for a pre-fireworks workout. Go for a long walk or hike to help wear out your dog before the fireworks begin. A tired dog should be less likely to react to fireworks.2. Schedule dinner and bathroom trips before the sun sets. Give your dog enough time to finish dinner, digest and go to the bathroom before the fireworks to alleviate stressful trips outside. 3. Once the fireworks start, keep your dog occupied with their favorite chew toy. This gives them something else to focus on.4. Take steps to muffle the noise as much as possible. Plug in a white noise machine or turn on some calming music loud enough so that the fireworks are camouflaged.

Fireworks are a beloved part of Fourth of July celebrations, but that can mean bad news for dog owners.

Many dogs become scared and anxious when it comes to the booms and cracks. Dogs that are scared of fireworks will hide, tremble, pace or whine in response to the sounds.

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Here are some tips to make the holiday a little easier for your pet:

1. Make time for a pre-fireworks workout. Go for a long walk or hike to help wear out your dog before the fireworks begin. A tired dog should be less likely to react to fireworks.

2. Schedule dinner and bathroom trips before the sun sets. Give your dog enough time to finish dinner, digest and go to the bathroom before the fireworks to alleviate stressful trips outside.

3. Once the fireworks start, keep your dog occupied with their favorite chew toy. This gives them something else to focus on.

4. Take steps to muffle the noise as much as possible. Plug in a white noise machine or turn on some calming music loud enough so that the fireworks are camouflaged.

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