How to Prepare for the 4th of July

TDL Independence DayCheck out this link Cesar’s 4th of July Tips

You can also checkout our article: Help your Dog have a Safe Holiday! It was written for Labor day but applies year round!

Please read comments below as well for even more ideas!  Personally, I know that my Lady Di will be terrified, but my China who is deaf, won’t care one bit!

4 Comments

  1. Holly

    07.03.2010

    Sadly, it isn't a matter of being brilliant but of experience. Tenakee was a beautiful Australian Shepherd who had spent the first two years of his life tied outside next to a large rock. He was a wonderful dog. Unfortunately, his first 4th of July with us, we went to the park to enjoy the fireworks, leaving him home alone in a wire crate. When we returned we found him loose in the house, having squeezed through the crate (how a 45 pound dog did that I'll never know) and then eaten his way through a solid wood door! After that, he suffered severe separation anxiety. If we crated him, he became so frantic that he ripped out three teeth trying to get out of the crate. He was fine in the car so we took him everywhere, but that meant we couldn't go anywhere in the summer. We eventually overcame this with by using "Composure", which has a calming effect on dogs. The point is, leaving him alone to deal with the loud fireworks affected him for year. I strongly recommend that you stay home with your dog. Take him for a vigorous walk before sundown so he is tired. Then when the fireworks start, don't make a big deal about it. Your dog takes his cues from you. Do talk baby-talk to him. Don't overly stroke him. Turn up the movie, eat your popcorn, and maybe toss him a piece every now and then. You'll be glad you did!

  2. becky porter

    06.26.2011

    i do everything possible to keep my girls calm. they hate thunderstorms also. so please get your pets to safety when you know weather or anything that bothers your animals is about to happen. my vet said Xanax, doesn’t work for my girls. however i do have Rescue Remedy which is a natural relaxer. haven’t tried a thundershirt yet. have a safe 4th of July!! thank you

  3. Angie

    06.26.2011

    We had our 50 pound aussie squeeze out of his crate during a thunderstorm. Never could figure that one out, either. As he got older, he became more & more terrified of storms. We babied him, which I’m sure made it worse. We will follow these tips for our new pups & try to not let it become a problem.
    Thx!

  4. fran

    06.26.2011

    I teach something called ignore which is a deeper version of leave it which works on most dogs to distract them when the thunder and lightning strike. Then once distracted everytime there is a noise or something that sets them off i do “surprise party” with them. Drop a peice of food on the ground and say surprise party in a happy voice each time there is a firework or thunder or lightning and eventually they will actually like it! it works if the time is done right.

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