4th of July Fireworks and your Dog

»»4th of July Fireworks and your Dog

July is just days away and as our Independence Day gets closer it is important to remember while fireworks are exhilarating for humans, they are terrifying for your dogs. On July 4th more dogs run away from home than any other holiday every year. The loud booms and noises frighten them making them react in a flight mentality, this is a survival instinct. Dogs who are afraid of fireworks may pant, drool, pace, whine, try to escape, shake, have house training accidents or even destroy furniture. It is very important to help your dog as soon as you see these fears start to stop them from getting worse.

On the 4th make sure your dog is in a place they feel comfortable, such as their crate, bed or even in your lap. Every dog is different! If you have a hard time deciphering where their safe space is it will most likely be the spot they retreat to rest and relax. An area that is a bit quieter is probably best as well. You may find it helpful to turn on the fan, TV or radio to help block the noise a little bit too. During the fireworks, speak calmly and cheerfully to them and see if you can distract them with something fun like their favorite toy or treats. Even a calming message or petting session can do the trick! Melatonin, which is usually used for human consumption, can also aid in relaxing your fur baby during all the commotion. The American Kennel Club has a great article on the usage, dosage and benefits for your dog and melatonin.

Here are a few of our products and others we found that will make the 4th of July a fun experience for your family and dog:

  • The Thundershirt Dog Jacket for Anxiety
    • The patented ThunderShirt design applies gentle, constant pressure to calm anxiety, fear, and over excitement.
      Calms during fireworks, thunder, separation, travel, vet visits, and much more with no training and no medication so your dog stays drug-free. Great for rescue dogs. Already over 80% successful at helping millions of dogs. Recommended by thousands of vets and trainers.

  • ZEN Calming Remedy
    • Made in the USA, all natural calming aid for anxious and aggressive dogs. Helps to restore balance and reduce aggressive tendencies in dogs experiencing anxiety This item is great for vet visits, travel, fireworks, storms, kennels, or pets experiencing daily seperation anxiety. ZEN Calming Remedy is also on sale now!

  • MuttMuffs
    • Mutt Muffs were specifically engineered to meet the contour of a dog’s head to provide the best passive sound reduction possible. Used in airplanes, concerts, boats, fireworks and thunderstorms. A dog’s hearing is much more sensitive than ours. It makes sense that if you are wearing hearing protection, so should your fur baby.

  • Canine Noise Phobia CD
    • This groundbreaking desensitization tool will teach your dog to associate positive feelings with fireworks rather than feeling fearful, and will help to gradually reduce your dog’s fear when exposed to these loud sounds. This website also has CDs for city sounds, thunderstorms and just for calming down.


If your dog has severe fears and phobias and you’re unable to achieve success with the techniques we’ve outlined here, you should consult with an animal-behavior specialist and your veterinarian. If you are worried your dog will run away due to the fireworks or just want to take extra precaution, you can get your dog microchipped for a fast, safe return back to you and your family.

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