Although fireworks are festive, exciting and beautiful to us, to a dog
they can be frightening and very painful.
Some dogs have no problems dealing with the noise, but other dogs do not
handle the situation as well. Your dog can become destructive, loud or act
very frightened when the fireworks begin.
A dog’s ears are much more sensitive than those of their human companions.
Fireworks are loud even to people. To a dog the noise level is more
elevated and intense. If you have ever seen a human child who is frightened of
fireworks or any other extreme noise, imagine what a dog must be experiencing
when fireworks are exploding nearby.
To help your dog cope with the agitation fireworks can cause for them, try
these methods to alleviate the problem and make them more comfortable.
Companionship during stressful times is good for human and dog alike.
There is security in having someone close by.
If you are planning on being away from home during the festivities,
consider asking someone to stay with your dog to keep them company. If your dog
has someone to reassure them that the noise will not hurt them and that they
are not alone, they are less likely to act out. It will make them feel
Put your dog inside the house during the fireworks. Leave them in a secure
area where they can’t destroy things around them in their fear. An
agitated dog is not trying to be naughty when they break or shred things in fear.
They are simply trying to find relief from the source of their agitation or
pain. If they are alone, they have no one to console or reassure them.
They do not understand what fireworks are. To your dog they are a loud
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