Happy July 4th to our FlipFlop family!
Before the parties and barbecues begin on Friday, ensure the safety of your dogs for a happy celebration. While we, humans, find enjoyment in July 4th festivities, our furry loved ones do not. Whether you are having a party at your house or going to the neighbors, your dog’s safety should be in consideration. Below are our tips for your dog’s safety before, during and after the fireworks and parties.
- Identification please. Up-to-date tags/identification, microchip and fitted collars are critical. Dogs get extremely scared from all of the commotion and fireworks that they are more prone to run away. According to the Pet Amber Alert, more pets go missing during July 4th-6th than any other time of the year. Updated identification greatly increases your risk of finding your dog, if something were to happen.
- Calming products. There’s not shame in turning to other products when fireworks are just too stressful for your pooch. There are a number of great (and safe) products that really help in decreasing anxiety. Our recommendations would be the Thundershirt, dog appeasing pheromone products or ProQuiet. Always ask your vet before using any of these products.
- Prepare the room. Play calming jazz music or have the TV on in a room filled with their favorite toys and bed/blanket to provide a relaxing atmosphere. Closing all of the blinds and curtains help in lessening the bright lights from the fireworks. This room should be set up with tranquility and serenity in mind.
- Plenty of exercise. A well-exercised dog is a calm and happy dog. Don’t skimp on giving your pup a long walk or run on the morning of 4th of July.
- Closed quarters. Putting #3 to use, keep your house doors closed and your dog in the calming room. Your dog is easily able to run out of an open door when guests are coming in and out of the house. Having your dog locked in a safe, quiet room will lessen the risk of them accidently escaping. Also, remind your guests that you have a dog and to always close the door behind them.
- Use a crate. We recommend using one if your dog is more likely to become destructive during stressful times, or if they feel more comfortable in their crate.
- Their best friend. Sometimes all you need is to be comforted. Your dog might feel best if you stay by their side when times are stressful. Just make sure to stay in the house with them and not outside. Curl up on the couch, pop in a movie and enjoy the night with your pup.
- No show. Do not, do not, do not bring your dog to a firework show. Circling back to #1, having your dog outside when they are scared is a bad idea, especially when you are closer to the fireworks.
- Dog food only. If you’re having people over, give them a friendly reminder that your dog eats plenty of their own food and does not need any human food. Whether your dog is allergic to the food, or not, it’s safer to avoid the situation all together. Providing a bowl of healthy dog treats will give your guests an option to feed your dog, if they would like.
- Act natural. Acting nervous or anxious around your dog will only make them more scared.
- Reward. Give them treats for being calm and a good dog during the fireworks. July 4th is a lot for dogs. Give them extra love, praise and healthy treats to reinforce their positive behavior of staying calm.
- Cleaning up. If you had a party at your house, don’t let your dog be the clean up crew. Dogs will eat any of the food left behind, including the scrapes from the grill. Food and alcohol remnants can lead to disrupting their digestive system, or worse. Keep them in a room until you are done cleaning up.
- For next year. Notice what worked and what didn’t in helping to calm your dog during the fireworks. If your dog did not handle the loud noises well, (despite all the distractions you provided) talk to your vet so you know how to handle the situation better for next year!
Enjoy your festivities and check out our Facebook page for more dog safety tips leading up to July 4th, as well as, homemade dog treat recipes. If you are going away for July 4th and need a safe, loving home for your dog to stay in, book their vacation with FlipFlop Dogs today! We match your dog with a Companion Family that meets their home-life routine and provides 24/7 one-on-one care while you are away. Peace of mind guaranteed!