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How to Keep Your Dog Safe This 4th of July

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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 your pooch with you, you need to be prepared for the chance that 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 from the experts to keep him safe and happy this Independence Day.


1

Make Sure Your Dog Is Wearing His Collar

 

 

I can’t stress enough how important this is because if your dog gets spooked by the loudness of fireworks, he might run away. 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.

 

3

Don’t Comfort Your Dog If He Gets Scared

 

 

While this might make you feel like the worst pet parent in the world, most dog experts agree that if you comfort your dog when he’s scared, it reinforces the idea that he should be scared. They say the best thing you can do is ignore the barking, and hopefully he’ll calm down. Obviously if he doesn’t, then you can show him some loving.

 

4

Don’t Bring Your Dog to a Fireworks Show

 

 

If you’ve got an overly jumpy dog, consider skipping the light show this year. Fireworks shows usually take place at parks or next to a body of water which are two places you’d normally take your dog, but if your dog gets scared and runs off in an area he doesn’t know, it could be really bad for you both.

 

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