Fireworks vs Dogs
It’s normal for dogs to be scared of loud noises and fireworks are no exception. The loud noises trigger their nervous systems, and they can become uneasy or frightened. As a survival instinct, most dogs run away and hide. My dog Bubbaz was never one to run. Bubbaz would bark a different bark. This bark was deeper and stronger, as if he was trying to protect us. Please keep in mind that the experience of fireworks is different than other natural loud noises, like thunder.
WHAT’S WITH ALL THE BARKING?
Dogs who are scared and nervous often bark. Dogs communicate differently and barking is there way of letting you know they’re uncomfortable and want to scare what’s scaring them. Firework can be a Summer staple. As such, most people fail to cater to their dog’s sensitivity to them. It’s a sound they don’t hear everyday and all of a sudden, the sound is going on for most of the day. Wouldn’t you freak out? It’s a sudden, relentless, obnoxiously loud boom/pop/crack. Dogs may confuse the sounds for thunder and react the same with fireworks. Some dogs have had bad experiences in the past with fireworks and are scared the entire time.
BBQ THE SCARE AWAY
Don’t feel like going out where the fireworks might be? Stay in and have a home BBQ with friends and family. Your dog will greatly appreciate the silence and comfort of being at home.
Here’s my husband and little one getting ready for our last year fourth of July celebration at home with our dog Bubbaz.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR DOG FEEL SAFE
Here are a couple of things to try during the Fourth of July:
- Try to bring your dog inside for the entire day and night the summer of loud bangs and lights.
- Stock up on treats to give your dog as a distraction
- Try white noise sounds like a tv, radio, or a fan
- Tire them out before night time so they can just sleep during the all of the activities
- If you want to go out to enjoy the shows, leave your dog in a crate or in a closed bedroom to secure them in the home and ensure they don’t run away from being so scared