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So you can keep your dog calm during the 4th of July fire



  Dog-and-Fireworks

Do not let firecrackers ruin the night.


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You probably already know that you must keep your pets indoors during the July 4th to prevent them from being frightened by the explosions of firecrackers and possibly from running away.

But those scary sounds can also come to your house. Here you can improve the night for you and your dog with distracting sounds and gentle pressure.

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Cover up the noise

Your TV or stereo can be the dog's best friends in loud explosions. They can be used to drown out unusual sounds with something normal. Turn up the TV, cuddle up on the couch and eat some goodies.

If you prefer listening to music, turn on the tunes and dance the night with your puppy. While you may want to enjoy relaxing music, you probably will not be able to drown out the fireworks. Instead, create a special playlist or station for the night, including your favorite music that you can listen to on an app like Pandora, Spotify or YouTube. Make sure you use external speakers instead of those on your laptop or phone so the music is loud enough to obscure the pops and pony.

Another way to drown out the noise is to bring your dog to a bedroom and turn on a loud fan. Bedrooms usually have lots of soft objects that absorb noise and blur the noise of fireworks. The fan produces a white noise that also reduces the sound. I suggest using a box fan or a strong circular fan for loud but soothing sounds. I use a Lasko Cyclone. It's loud, even at low volume, so you do not stalk while hiding.

Pressure makes perfect

When all the loud noises (including music, television, and fans) drive your dog out, there are some quieter options. Human babies are calmer when wrapped in a blanket because they exert gentle pressure that has a calming effect. Furbabies are the same species.

However, wrapping a dog with a blanket can be difficult, especially for larger dogs. A better choice is to use a compression suit or a vest. Some good options are the Surgi Snuggly, the ThunderShirt or the American Kennel Club AKC Anti-anxiety and Stress Relief Soothing Coat


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