More dogs are lost over the Fourth of July weekend then any other time of the year. Regardless of what else you do, make sure your dogs are secure and bring them inside. An outdoor dog is at much greater risk of panicking and finding a way loose than an indoor dog!
Occasionally, I get someone asking me what to do about fireworks or sirens. Here’s the problem: it’s hard to train for fireworks or sirens, because they don’t happen very often! Around this time of year, clients often ask me for some advice to get them through the Fourth of July fireworks display. Here is some of the advice I often give, and the way I personally help my dogs:
1. Safety first. More dogs are lost on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year. Don’t leave your dog in the yard where s/he can escape, and make sure your dog has identification. You want them returned if they’re found!
2. Distraction. Playing the radio or the television will provide some background noise and a handy distraction to the sound of fireworks. Sometimes, this is all you need.
3. Wear them out! Taking your dogs for a…
View original post 582 more words