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Nervous About Fireworks? How to Keep Your Dog Calm on the 4th of July

The 4th of July is rapidly approaching. This holiday is always an incredible time of celebration, good food, good company, and fireworks. While the latter can be fun for humans, it is also essential to consider your dog during this busy time. The firework booms can cause significant stress to your dog.

It can be a combination of the noises, smells, and general uncertainty of what is going on. This can be incredibly challenging for some dogs, so you may need to take steps to calm them down. We’ve compiled a list of ways to help keep your dog calm during the 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! Consider These Top Tips

While bringing your dog everywhere you go can be a joy, keeping them home may be a better idea for the holiday. Your home is a place of safety for your dog, which can help them cope with the loud noises and chaos of fireworks. Since bringing them to watch the show can be extremely scary or stressful, leaving them at home may be the best way for you both to have a relaxing 4th of July. Here are a few more tips!

1. Create a Safe Haven for the 4th of July Fireworks

Creating a safe space in your home during the Fourth of July fireworks can help your dog feel even more comfortable. Fireworks can cause some dogs to panic, leading to dangerous situations where they try to escape or act out.

So, create an area in your home where you can keep the lights low and provide their favorite toys for soothing. Some dogs may even prefer to be in their crate at this time, especially if they associate it with security.

2. The Calm+ Supplement

For additional help, give your dog Get Joy’s Calm+ supplement to help keep them at ease during the fireworks. This preventative anxiety supplement can help reduce stress and hyperactivity. Some of the natural ingredients are chamomile, valerian root, passion flower and ginger root.

3. Exercise Before Fireworks

Taking your dog for a long walk, run, or another form of exercise can help to exert some of that anxious energy before fireworks. This can help them to relax or tire out for the night, making it easier to remain tranquil through the chaos.

Additional 4th of July Dog Safety Tips from Get Joy

The above are excellent for helping keep your dog calm throughout the fireworks, but we wanted to provide these general 4th of July dog safety tips to keep in mind too. 

  • Ensure your dog stays away from alcoholic drinks
  • Don’t let your dog eat foods they shouldn’t, such as barbequed meats, onions, garlic, chocolate, corn on the cob and avocado to name a few
  • Keep an information tag on your dog’s collar in case they get lost
  • Maintain flea and tick protection
  • Have emergency numbers on hand in case you need to take your dog in, or call Animal Poison Control (888) 426-4435. 

Look to Get Joy for your fresh, freeze-dried meal plans or delicious superfood treats! We’re here to help your dog live a healthy, happy, and long life.