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How To Treat Your Dog’s Fear of Fireworks in Time For the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is a time for grilling, fireworks, and fun with friends and family. However, this holiday can be overwhelming and scary for dogs. But don’t worry! Here are some ways to celebrate without upsetting your dog.

1. Create a Safe Space

Keep your dog in a quiet, safe, and familiar environment during your party. Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise earlier in the day to help them rest later. The room should be air-conditioned, stocked with toys, food, water, and a puppy pad in case of accidents. Playing white noise can also help calm your dog. Remember to check on your dog regularly to ensure they feel secure.

2. Positive Association with Fireworks

Train your dog to associate fireworks with something positive. Start playing fireworks sounds at a low volume while your dog eats or plays with a favorite toy. Gradually increase the volume as your dog becomes more comfortable. Monitor your pet’s behavior and adjust as needed.

3. Pheromones and Natural Remedies

Dog-appeasing pheromones like Adaptil® diffusers, sprays, and collars mimic the natural pheromones emitted by nursing dog mothers. While results vary, they can help some dogs feel more secure. Natural remedies like L-theanine and Zylkene® are also commonly recommended by veterinarians.

There are many ways to help your dog cope with fireworks. Choose a method based on the time you can dedicate to your dog’s progress, and be consistent and patient. We hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th!

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