For two-legged folks like us, the 4th of July can be a blast, no pun intended. But for a lot of pets, dogs especially, the 4th can be pretty ruff (ugh). We've all seen hoe dogs react to even mild stimuli, like a person jogging down the street, or a fast moving cat on TV. But imagine the thoughts that must go through a dog's mind when fireworks are blowing up left and right?

I've tried to put myself in that spot before, and it wasn't that hard to be honest with you. I wouldn't consider myself a very skittish person, but even being a drummer, I'm not particularly fond of sudden and unexpected loud noises. But at least I can rationalize what's happening. Fido just thinks the world is coming to end.

Here are a few simple things you can do, to try and calm your puppers and doggos down a bit....

  1. Exercise - There's something to be said for getting in a noce long walk, or some extra running, or ball chasing, etc. I believe the old saying goes, "...a tired dog, is a good dog..."
  2. Drown Out The Sound - Turn up the TV, put on some music, play your bassoon, whatever instrument your dog loves. It may be enough to mask most of the loud booms.
  3. Distract Them - Maybe it's a kong full of peanut butter, maybe it's extra treats.
  4. You Should Also Stay Calm - This kind of speaks for itself, but if you're freaking out, you're dog will notice and likely join you.
  5. Have You Tried Drugs? - This does not mean bourbon in their water dish, or Valium crushed up in their food, but.... you can have a chat with your Vet, and they can suggest some options.

At the end of the day, it's all about how well you know your dog. Some dogs couldn't care less about the noise, while others freak right out. The most important part is just to pay attention to them. They'll likely make it quite obvious how they're feeling.

And of course, have a safe and happy 4th of July! Both of you!