Fireworks and Dogs

Fireworks and Pets

As the busy fourth of July holiday is upon us this weekend, I wanted to take a few moments to talk about outdoor pet safety and the dangers of fireworks around your furry friends. If you have any questions on this topic please consult your local trainer or veterinarian or give us a call at Denver Dog Works at 303-578-9881 anytime. Dogs and Fireworks

• Keep your dog inside when fireworks are being let off.
• Close all windows and doors to help keep the noise to a minimum.
• Close the curtains so your pet can not see the flashes.
• Turn on the TV or some music to drown out some of the firework noise.
• Block any dog doors or other ways for your pet to get outside. That way, if they do get scared, they cannot get out of the house and run the risk of being injured.
• Make sure your pet is wearing a form of identification. That way if they do manage to escape, you can be easily contacted when your pet is found.
• Do not take your pet to a fireworks display! They may be part of the family but this is one trip they will be more than happy to miss.
• Do not tie your pet outside during fireworks, even if you are only popping into the house for a minute.
• Take your dog for a walk during daylight when fireworks are less likely to be let off.
• Avoid leaving your pets alone – they will feel safer with you around.
• Stay calm and act normally, this will help your pet to feel safer and lets them know there is nothing to fear.

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Michele Forto is the dog training examiner, a certified canine trainer at Denver Dog Works and the co-host of the Dog Doctor Radio Show.

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