A Dog Parent’s Guide to Fourth of July

by Olivia Wickstrom June 26, 2021

A Dog Parent’s Guide to Fourth of July

Barbecues, parades, festive outfits- we love the celebration and joy that Fourth of July brings to our communities. Fireworks, however, can be challenging for us dog parents. Their startling noises and unpredictability can cause pups to enter fight or flight mode, and unfortunately, more pets run away on this holiday than any other day of the year. Help ease stress and soothe your furry friend's nerves with these simple steps. 

Plan With Your Pup in Mind 

Though a night out with friends and family may sound fun, your dog’s safety should be at the top of mind. If your dog is particularly nervous, opt to stay home and stay inside. You’ll be close by to help them feel more comfortable, and ensure that there are no unexpected escapes. Looking for something to do while you cuddle up on the couch? Try one of these patriotic Fourth of July movies

Update Your Pet’s ID Tags

A dog on the loose is every pet parent’s worst nightmare, and runaways on Fourth of July are all too common. Ensure your furry friend stays safe at home by checking and updating all ID tag and microchip information. 

Get Their Zoomies Out

Go for a long walk or head to the dog park before sunset. A tired pup is more likely to fall asleep early and less likely to get worked up over foreign noises. 

Prepare a Safe Space for Your Pup

Ensure your pup’s “safe space” is ready for them when the festivities begin. This could be a quiet room, a crate, or a comfortable spot beside you. Don’t forget to keep their favorite toy nearby for extra support!

Filter Outside Noise

Keeping a fan, air conditioner, television, or stereo on a low setting in the room can help mask sounds outside and keep dogs calm. 

Olivia Wickstrom
Olivia Wickstrom