As a responsible dog owner, you should do everything in your power to protect your dog on a holiday weekend and a night filled with loud bangs, pops, sizzles and other alarming noises that can confuse and frighten your dog.
Since fireworks typically happen only once or twice a year, the sounds and lights are likely to catch your dog off-guard, confuse him/her, and possibly make the dog nervous and on edge for the whole day and night, and sometimes even after the event.
Here are some handy tips inspired by advice from Animal Care and Control about how to keep your pet safe this 4th of July.
1. If you’re thinking of taking your dog outside to watch the fireworks with you, don’t.
You and your dog will have a much more enjoyable evening if you leave the dog at home. Even if they are not scared of the noises, just think of the crowds of people and danger of him or her getting stepped on or even of them tripping and injuring someone who is not looking down because they are looking up to see the event and other things going on here in New York City Plus, wherever there are fireworks displays, the mass hysteria, loud noises and repeated flashes of light are likely to have a traumatic effect on your dog.
2.Avoid fireworks in your area.
If you live close to a location where the fireworks are going to be set off or people are having a block party, then make sure you walk your dog early, and try to keep them indoors as much as possible. If you can, keep them in their crate, if he’s already accustomed to spending time there. If not, and you live close to the action, then try to put your dog in the room furthest away from the noise and make sure there is little in the room he can harm (or which can do harm to him if he chews it) if he freaks out about the noise.
And of course you can never ever leave a dog unattended alone in a car. So let them stay at home if you have to go out, or just watch the Macy’s fireworks on TV with your dog. Don’t forget the Boston Pops show usually comes on afterwards, for double the viewing pleasure (and you can watch it with headphones on to avoid stressing your pet and/or the neighbors).
3-Turn on the TV or radio.
To down out the noise, turn on the TV or a radio with the volume turned up loud but to something soothing. In this way he will be much less likely to hear the fireworks outside.
4-Close the windows and curtains/blinds.
Closing the window will stop a lot of the noise from outside. Closing the blinds or curtains will stop the flashing lights from scaring your dog. You can also turn on all the lights so they will not be startled by any flares. Again, if you are living close to the action in your area, such as in Chelsea, then be sure to keep them in a quiet room if you can.
5-Sit with your dog.
Watching TV with the headphones on with your dog in a nice, cool air conditioned and dry room can be the best way to enjoy the 4th of July here in Chelsea.
6-Don’t allow sparklers etc. in the house
This can scare a dog and injure children.
Be smart and safe this Fourth of July.
For handy safety tips if you do want to go out of the house and enjoy fireworks with your family safely (without the dog!) see this handy article on 4th of July firework safety. Happy and healthy holidays to everyone!