FRI, 01 JUL 2016 BY LINDA ROSADO
The 4th of July is a time of celebration with cookouts, games and fireworks. Unfortunately, the holiday is not always as enjoyable for our dogs as it is for us. The crowded parties and fireworks can be frightening for dogs. However, with proper preparation the 4th of July festivities can take place without your dog becoming overwhelmed. Check out some DOGIPOT® tips to help you and your dog enjoy a stress-free 4th of July holiday.
PREP YOUR DOG BEFORE THE FESTIVITIES
The biggest issue with dogs on the 4th of July is their overwhelming anxiety from large crowds of people and the explosions from fireworks. You can prepare before the festivities begin by taking your pet out for a walk, or a quick visit to a local dog park. The more energy your dog gets out before the celebrations, the less anxious he will be later on. Sadly, the 4th of July is a day in which many dogs go missing because they get frightened and run away. If your dog does not have a microchip, make sure they have on a collar with an ID tag so that they can be returned to you if they run away.
INDOORS IS BEST
Even if your dog is used to being outside, it is best to keep your dog indoors during the celebrations and fireworks. However, the loud noises can still be heard from the inside. The DOGIPOT® Two in One Table Crate is perfect to have in your home as a safe place for your dog to hide. Furnish it with blankets and toys and the crate will be a safe haven for your dog when he feels scared. If you have no choice but to keep your pet outside during the celebrations, the DOGIPOT® Bunk House is a great outdoors dog house for keeping your pup safe.
Some dog owners don’t have a choice but to bring their dog out with them to the 4th of July celebrations. In this case, distraction is the key to your dog having an enjoyable time. Make sure your dog has plenty of toys and is well fed. Even though you may be indulging in some savory barbeque during the holiday, it’s important that your dog stays on their normal diet. Keep an eye on your dog to make sure they’re not eating anything they shouldn’t be. The DOGIPOT® Adjustable Diner is a great dog product for when you need to take your furry friend’s food on the go. Along with keeping food out of sight, make sure all sparklers and fireworks are out of reach for your dog. It’s also important that you clean up after your dog if you are celebrating outdoors. Keep an eye out for DOGIPOT® pet waste stations that dispense dog waste bags so you can clean up after your dog.
Independence Day is a day of fun and we believe you shouldn’t have to leave your furry family pet out of the celebration. Taking proper precautions before you celebrate with your dog is the best way to avoid unwanted situations. Even though keeping your dog indoors is best, especially during fireworks, if you keep your dog distracted and calm, and make sure he stays away from human food and fireworks, the 4th of July should be a joyful experience for both you and your pup.