Search the internet for “how to keep your dog safe on July 4th” and you’ll find tons of advice geared toward pet parents. But remember, it takes a village to raise a fur-child.
This year, patriotic Americans will celebrate Independence Day differently due to COVID-19. But it turns out the party don’t stop even during the pandemic. Fireworks sales are booming across the US after many cities canceled their holiday events.
Planning a festive Fourth complete with a star-spangled fireworks show and your favorite tunes? “Paws” to consider your neighbors. More dogs go missing on July 4th than any other holiday. Here are a few tips on how to be considerate of your neighborhood’s canine residents and help keep them safe.
There is a good chance fireworks frighten your four-legged neighbors. After all, their hearing is 5 times more sensitive than yours. Fearful dogs anxious to escape the noise and activity might clear tall fences or bolt into traffic.
Telling your neighbors about your party beforehand, even if you won’t be shooting fireworks, can help prevent disaster. It will also give your neighbors time to plan some Fourth of July activities to distract their dogs, take them for a walk, and settle in before the festivities kick off.
If you live in a densely populated area, partying and letting off fireworks into the wee hours of the morning is a surefire way to get on your neighbors’ bad side. If it’s getting late, consider heading indoors to continue your celebration.
It’s not just pets who get spooked at fireworks. Loud noises can also trigger PTSD and anxiety attacks in people, notably veterans. It’s a cruel irony that the brave people who make July 4th celebrations possible are more likely to suffer because of them.
Much of the responsibility for keeping dogs calm on July 4th lies on the pet parents. But the whole neighborhood can pitch in to ensure everyone stays safe and sound.
Planning a relaxed night in with your woofer this Independence Day? Share some snaps with us on Instagram @wag! We love seeing your precious puppers. Don’t forget to tag #wagwalking and we might even share your four-legged Instagram influencer on our feed!