Fireworks can be very frightening to a dog. Since it's the season of sparklers, I'm offering some quick tips to help your pets cope with these scary sounds.
- While it's fun to include dogs in your activities, this is one they should definitely sit out! Please keep your animals inside during the noisemaking. If you've got a pet that goes out, make sure he does his business before the display or can wait until after it's done.
- Close all doors, windows, curtains, and blinds. Turn on the television or radio to drown out the noise (as best as possible).
- Try to distract your pet with special guests, brand-new toys, or rare treats right before the display starts, if possible in a room furthest away from the noises like a basement.
- If your pet takes off into hiding, let him be. Trying to lure out a frightened creature while the scary stuff's still happening is not a good idea . . . and extra stressful!
If you're looking to build up your pup's ability to cope with the loud blasts, consider these free downloads (when you right-click). To use these audio effects with a pet, start playing at a low volume and build up to normal volume over time. If you play repeatedly, furry friends can get desensitized to the noise (at a level from inside the house).
Remember, if it's loud to you, it's definitely too loud for your dog — canines can hear sounds at an ultra-high frequency (like those "silent" dog whistles) and can register sounds three times greater than your ear can — keep your pets safe!