Are Your Dogs Scared of Fireworks?

Are your dogs scared of fireworks?

They probably are because most dogs are.  July 4 is one of the worst days for dogs.  There ears are extremely sensitive to the loud sounds of fireworks and fire crackers. 

I did a real disservice to the first dog we owned.  Misty was a miniature Schnauzer.  She was beautiful, and we really loved her.  We were at a family 4th of July picnic.

I was walking her on the leash.  Suddenly one of my in-laws started shooting off fire crackers.  Misty was pulling on the leash.  I looked at her and saw a terrified look in her eyes.  It was then that I realized that dogs and fireworks do not mix.

I felt really sorry for her.  I took her inside, but the damage had been done.  For the rest of her life, she was frightened by fireworks and firecrackers, no matter how far away they were.

I read an excellent article in the outstanding blog, Dogster.com.  It was called, “Don’t Let Fireworks Ruin Your Dog’s Fourth of July” by Casey Lomonaco. It points out some specific things you can do if your dogs are scared of fireworks.

Here is a quote from the article:

Most dogs hate fireworks. No surprise there — those things are LOUD. Here’s how to make the day as carefree as possible.

The Fourth of July is almost upon us. Although it’s a time for many of us to celebrate the independence of our nation, for many American dogs, the Fourth is the most terrifying holiday of the year.

I’m lucky, in that we only live about a mile away from a baseball stadium where there are frequent fireworks nearly all summer. The fireworks are such a common element in our environment that my dogs hardly notice them. But sound phobia and sensitivity is not uncommon in dogs. Many react fearfully to loud, booming noises like fireworks, gunshots, cars backfiring, and thunder. While dogs do not generalize obedience behaviors well, they do tend to generalize fear and phobia well, as this is a survival mechanism. Many dogs who are afraid of fireworks are also afraid of thunderstorms or other loud noises, and the protocols for therapy are the same for all noise phobias.

You can read the entire article here.  I encourage you to read the complete article.  You will see all five of her suggestions in the article.

Ms. Lomonaco does a great job of listing 5 things you can do to help your dog with fireworks.  There are also additional resources listed at the bottom of the article that can help you.

Are your dogs scared of fireworks?  Do you have suggestions on helping your dogs through these difficult periods?  Thanks for your comments.

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