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Happy 4th of July!

Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Fireworks are a common display across the United States on the Fourth of July. Other common celebrations include family reunions, concerts, BBQ’s and baseball games.

Please be aware that many animals have a phobia of fireworks. These unfamiliar sounds can cause dogs to even run away from home and end up in a shelter. According to DogsNPaws online, here are a few suggestions for your dog who is terrified of the unfamiliar noises:

  • If your dog is an outside dog, it would probably be a good idea to bring your dog inside.
  • If at all possible, try to stay with your dog during the fireworks. Just by you being there with your dog, it will keep him calm.
  • If your dog has his own special place where he can go it will help him feel safe. For example, an indoor kennel, a corner area in the house, a place under the stairs, etc.
  • Keep the windows and curtains closed while the fireworks are going off. This will help make the noise and bright flashes not noticeable. You might try turning on the television or turning on music to help distract your dog and lessen the effects of the loud noises from the fireworks.
  • Make sure your dog has a collar on and has up-to-date identification tags on.

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