New Year’s Eve, Independence Day — your pooch absolutely loves these fire-cracking holidays! They’re not fleeing to hide under the bed, and you’re not strapping their anxiety wrap on. Your dog hears the pop and boom of fireworks and howls with delight. They head for the door or watch the dazzling spectacles from the yard. You’ve got a rare “breed” on your hands, so let’s talk about some activities they’ll enjoy, from rocking out on the drums to playing a game of fetch with a loud twist.
Okay, let’s be honest: it’s extremely rare that your pooch actually likes fireworks. Because a dog’s sense of hearing is often extremely sensitive, they don’t really dig loud noises. But if your pup is a fan of noises, then they’ll love Whistle Ball, which is basically a fun twist on the classic game of fetch.
This activity works one-on-one, or you can invite one of their doggie BFFs to play along as well. We can just about guarantee that anytime you pick up this particular ball, they’re going to go wild. Get ready to whistle while you work (to have a good time).
If your doggo truly loves fireworks and doesn’t welcome an imitation, then fireworks it is. Maybe they simply like watching from the window, or perhaps they’re self-controlled or obedient enough to sit outside while you put on a little fireworks show. You know your faithful pal the best, so this one is up to you.
Whatever you decide to do, proceed with caution. We first and foremost want you and your fur-child to remain safe. Check your local laws and also fire weather warnings/wind advisories for your area before heading outside to play with fire(works). Supervise your pup at all times — fireworks poisoning can be a life-threatening condition for dogs.
Whether you're a drummer yourself or you're just looking to make a joyful noise with items you already have lying around your house, this is a "grrreat" activity for your pupper! If your dog likes firecrackers, then they’ll more than likely enjoy the sounds of booming basses, light taps on snares, and even the crashing of cymbals. You can either have band practice and invite your pup, or go solo in your basement as your pal jumps and frolics to the beats that they adore. It’s an unconventional dog activity for the dog that certainly screams “unconventional”. So pull up a stool, and get to drumming. Your fur-child might even like to try playing the drums!
From music made especially for dogs to videos that aim to desensitize dogs to certain sounds, YouTube is chock full of content for dogs who love loud noises. Try playing one of those, and allow your buddy to be entertained by noises within the comfort of your own home. You could even look up videos of fireworks.
If your pooch enjoys booming sounds, try putting on some music with the bass turned all the way up. Who knows? They might be dancing and howling along in no time.
You can’t lie: it’s kind of strange that your dog likes fireworks when so many pups duck and cover at the first crack and boom. But we know you love your baby dog more than anything on the planet, and you want to make them happy. So, cheers for your little firecracker and all the fun they’re about to have, thanks to you!