Did you know that more pets go missing on July 4th than any other day of the year?  The loud noises can scare many dogs and take them right out of their comfort zone.  There are easy, simple ways for dog lovers to keep their dog safe on independence day:


dog and leash

Way before sundown, dog moms and dog dads should get outside and exercise with your dog.  A long walk, jog or run will be a good start to tire their minds and body.

Safe Space

dogs under bed

If your dog has a safe space that they like to retreat to, whether it’s under a bed, in a closet, or even their crate, let them be there.  A quiet, safe place will help calm their nerves.

Music Therapy

dog and music

Turn up the tunes to drown out the outside noise.  The stereo, the TV, the air conditioner, the fan are all good noise makers to help your dog.

Play Time

dog toy

The most annoying squeaky toy you own, the one you only bring out on special occasions because the noise drives you nuts?  July 4th is the time to let your dog play with it.  The squeakier the better!  There are also lots of interactive dog toys to keep your dog engrossed and entertained.  Fill a Kong with peanut butter, stick it in the freezer for a few hours and let your dog spend hours licking away.

Calming Aids

scared dog

To help your dog find their “zen,” there are many over the counter all-natural calming aids that you can give your dog to help with July 4th anxiety.  In addition, the Thundershirt has proven to help many dogs deal with the loud noises associated with the holiday.  You can always consult your veterinarian for higher level anxiety meds if you know your dog will need help.

Home Sweet Home

July 4th dog

The best thing to do for your dog suffering from July 4th stress is stay home and comfort your four-legged friend.  Close the drapes, turn up the tv, and just be close by to offer them the assurance that everything is going to be okay.