If you're planning to set off fireworks, or maybe visit a local event where fireworks will be launched and you're thinking of taking your dog along, you need to be prepared for the chance that he might freak out.

The 4th of July is a REALLY loud holiday and all the noise has a tendency to freak dogs out. So, if you plan to celebrate with your best friend, here are four tips from the experts at Pets Best to keep him safe and happy this Independence Day.

  • 1

    Make Sure Your Dog Is Wearing His Collar

    If your dog gets spooked by the loudness of fireworks, he might run away. Also, make sure his tags are on his collar and that the tags have the right contact info on them before you walk out the door.

  • 2

    Keep Your Dog in a Quiet Room

    If your dog starts seriously freaking out, get yourself inside the house, close the blinds and turn on the radio or TV to drown out the noise and calm down your pup.

  • 3

    Don't Comfort Your Dog If He Gets Scared

    You might want to love on your dog if he gets scared, but experts agree that if you comfort your dog when he’s scared, it reinforces the idea that he should be scared. So, what are you supposed to do? Ignore the barking and hope he'll calm down. If he doesn't, then you can love on him.

  • 4

    Don't Bring Your Dog to a Fireworks Show

    Have a dog that's jumpy on normal days? It might not be a bad idea to skip the fireworks altogether.