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Four 4th of July Tips for Dog Owners

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If you’re planning on checking out fireworks over the next couple of days and you think it might be a cool idea to bring Frankie the tail wager with you, you need to be prepared for the chance he might freak out.

The 4th of July is a really loud holiday and that’s not so great for dogs, so if you plan to celebrate with your best friend, here are four tips to keep him safe and happy this Independence Day:

1.  Make Sure Your Dog Is Wearing His Collar.  This is the most important one because if he gets spooked by fireworks, he might run away.  Make sure his tags are on his collar and the tags have the right contact info on them.

2.  Keep Your Dog in a Quiet Room.  If your dog starts seriously freaking out, close the blinds and turn on the TV or the radio to drown out the noise.

3.  Don’t Comfort Your Dog If He Gets Scared. It seems completely strange, but most dog experts agree that if you comfort your dog when he’s scared, it reinforces the idea that he should be scared. What you’re supposed to do is just ignore the barking, and hopefully he’ll calm down.

4.  Don’t Bring Your Dog to a Fireworks Show.  They usually take place at parks or next to a body of water which are two places you would normally take your dog, but don’t do it on the 4th of July, because if he gets scared and runs off in an area he doesn’t know, it’s an even bigger headache.  And you also have to worry about all the traffic. And that won’t be fun.

Source: Pets Best, Humane Society

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