At Subaru, there are two things we love as much as driving: Adventures and dogs.

So as you’re planning your 4th of July adventures, we want to make sure you have some safety tips to keep your dog safe and sane this holiday weekend. Watching fireworks on July 4th is a fun tradition for humans, but can be a traumatic experience for most pups. Loud cracking and popping of fireworks can be startling and painful to your dog’s sensitive ears. Here are a few tips:

Show some ID: More dogs run away on July 4th than any other day of the year because they are spooked by the loud cracking of fireworks. If your dog lives or has access outside, make sure to double check your perimeters to make sure there are no openings or areas your dog can get through, or jump over. Making sure your dog is wearing a collar with current ID tags is the best safeguard to ensure he makes it back home if he does get loose.

Get a good workout in: Your dog should get lots of exercise earlier in the day so that he is relaxed and tired by the time evening comes. Not only is exercise good for their health and mood, but an active day of playing and running will reduce anxiety and nervous energy. Also, make sure to take him out to potty before the fireworks.

Give your dog the night off: Although your dog may enjoy summer parades, picnics, and parties, the one holiday most dogs would prefer to sit out is the 4th of July. Crowds, scary sounds of fireworks, and the intensity of sparklers can be a recipe for disaster for your dog.  For the firework show itself, make sure your dog is inside the house and in a nice quiet, safe place.  A bedroom with a yummy bone, and the TV turned up to help block out the firework sounds works great.

Take two and call me in the morning: If your dog is extremely scared of fireworks, you may consult your veterinarian for a tranquilizer for the night.  You can also use more natural remedies like the “Thunder Shirt” (an anti-anxiety ves), or homeopathic calming tools such as “Rescue Remedy” or the “DAP Diffuser”. If you are going to use any of these remedies, make sure to try them before July 4th so you can figure out what works best for your dog.

Prepare for next year:  There are several great sound desensitization CDs, like “Calm Pet” by Calmsound, that will help any pup feel more comfortable with fireworks as well as other scary sounds like garbage trucks and motorcycles. Most CD’s have to be used over a 3-5 months in order for work but they can make a big difference in your dog’s comfort level with loud sounds.

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