Fireworks Suck: How to Keep Your Dog Calm and Safe During Fireworks Season

Fireworks Suck: How to Keep Your Dog Calm and Safe During Fireworks Season

Fireworks might be a blast for us humans, but for our furry friends, it's a different story. Welcome to dogged's guide to keeping your pup safe and sound during those explosive celebrations. Let’s dive into why fireworks suck for dogs and how you can help them through the noise.

Why do fireworks suck for dogs? Why are dogs scared of fireworks?

Imagine if a giant, unexpected explosion happened right outside your window. Scary, right? That's how fireworks feel to dogs. Fireworks are loud, sudden, and unpredictable. Dogs have sensitive ears, and the booms can be overwhelming. Plus, they don’t know it’s all for fun – to them, it’s just a terrifying noise out of nowhere. This can trigger their fight-or-flight response, leading to anxiety, panic, and sometimes even attempts to escape.

How far away can dogs hear fireworks?

Dogs can hear frequencies ranging from 40 Hz to 60,000 Hz, which is way beyond our human hearing range. This means they can hear fireworks from miles away! Even if the fireworks aren't in your immediate vicinity, your dog can still pick up on the sounds and feel stressed. Their acute sense of hearing is both a blessing and a curse, especially during fireworks season.

Can I desensitize dogs to fireworks?

Good news – yes, you can! One effective method is to play fireworks noises from YouTube ahead of big celebrations like July 4th and Canada Day. Start at a low volume and gradually increase it over time. Pair the sound with treats and positive reinforcement to help your dog associate the noise with good things. It takes patience, but desensitizing can significantly reduce your dog's fear over time. Here is a link to a YouTube video of Fireworks to help dogs get desensitized to the noise.

What are some tips to manage my dog’s worries during fireworks?

Keeping your dog calm during fireworks requires a bit of strategy. Here are some tips:

  • Schedule food and potty breaks around fireworks times: Plan ahead so your dog doesn’t have to go outside when the noise starts.
  • Keep your dog busy during fireworks: We recommend a frozen slow feeder or a Pupsicle from Woof to distract them.
  • Pre-fireworks physical workout and enrichment session: Tire your dog out with a good workout before the fireworks start. A tired dog is a calmer dog.
  • Cuddle the crap out of your dog: Believe it or not, cuddling and petting can help. It can bring your dog back into their prefrontal cortex and out of the fight, flight, or freeze mode.

How to block fireworks noise for dogs?

Muffling the noise can make a huge difference. Here are some ways to do it:

  • Calming music: Play some classical or soothing music to drown out the fireworks. Here is a link to dogged’s favorite dog playlist on Spotify.
  • White noise machine: These machines can help mask the sudden booms and create a more consistent sound environment for your dog.

What are the best home remedies to calm dogs during fireworks?

Here are some natural remedies that can help:

  • Chamomile tea: Known for its calming properties, chamomile tea can be given to dogs (in small, safe amounts).
  • Dog-safe CBD: CBD oil can help reduce anxiety in dogs.
  • Calming supplements: Look for supplements designed specifically for calming dogs.
  • Ashwagandha supplements: This herb can help reduce stress in dogs.
  • Benadryl: Always consult your vet first, but Benadryl can sometimes be used to help calm dogs.

Remember, always speak to your vet to make a plan according to your dog’s needs.

Where is the safe place for dogs during fireworks?

Create a safe haven for your dog during fireworks. This could be a cozy corner in your house, a crate covered with a blanket, or any space where your dog feels secure. Make sure it’s quiet, comfortable, and has some of your dog’s favorite toys or blankets.

Fireworks don’t have to be a nightmare for your pup. With a little preparation and some comforting techniques, you can help your dog stay calm and safe. Remember, at dogged, we're here to make sure both you and your furry friend can enjoy every season with a wagging tail and a happy heart.

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