If you're planning to set off fireworks, or maybe you're going to be visiting an event where fireworks will be launched and you're thinking of taking your dog along, you need to be prepared for the very real chance that he might not handle the loud noise and bright lights well.

The 4th of July is a REALLY loud holiday and all of the noise and the bright, flashing lights has a tendency to put dogs on edge. So, if you plan to celebrate with your best friend, here are four tips from the experts at Pets Best that you can follow 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, so whatever you do, make sure he's got a collar on. Also, make sure the tags are on his collar and that they have the right contact information on them before you even step foot out the door.

  • 2

    Keep Your Dog in a Quiet Room

    If your dog starts seriously freaking out, get inside the house right away, 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 do you do? Experts say that you should ignore the barking and hope that he'll calm down. If he doesn't within a reasonable amount of time, then you can and you should love on him.

  • 4

    Don't Bring Your Dog to a Fireworks Show

    Is your dog jumpy, even on normal days? It might make more sense to skip the fireworks altogether.