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How to Keep Your Dog Safe This 4th of July

Leslie Banks

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 little Frankie the tail wager 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 to keep him safe and happy this Independence Day:

1.  Make Sure Your Dog Is Wearing His Collar.  This is the most important  safety tips because if your dog gets spooked by fireworks, he might run away.  Make sure his tags are on his collar and that 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 radio or the TV to drown out the noise.

3.  Don’t Comfort Your Dog If He Gets Scared. This is going to sound completely insane, but most dog experts agree that if you comfort your dog when he’s scared, it reinforces the idea that he should be scared. The best course of action is to just ignore the barking, and hopefully he’ll calm down. Obviously if he doesn’t, then that give your full license to show some loving.

4.  Don’t Bring Your Dog to a Fireworks Show.  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 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.

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