Holiday fireworks and other patriotic fanfare is often a frightful experience for dogs. The loud noises can hurt their sensitive ears.
Frightened dogs have different reactions: some tremble at their owners’ feet, others retreat to a hiding place, some try to run off (traveling for miles), and others display bizarre behavior. Under such circumstances, ordinarily well-behaved pets may become aggressive, destructive and/or unpredictable.
Here are some precautions you can take to help your pets:
- Recommend a safe and confined area indoors such as a crate or the bathroom shower. Playing soft music helps settles nerves and drowns out the fireworks.
- Never leave your pet alone in the house to free roam; use a kennel or dog run area outside to house your pet during this holiday time.