Helping Your Pet Cope With Fireworks

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Real Estate Agent with Optima Properties BK 496540

The 4th of July is here, and if your pet is afraid of fireworks and loud noises, you may need just a little more preparation to make sure your pet stays happy and relaxed during the celebration.

  • Set up a safe space in advance.Create a “happy place” where your pet can retreat to and feel secure. Choose a spot in your house where your pet usually likes to relax that will also buffer the sights and sounds of the fireworks, such as a walk-in closet or a room with blackout curtains. Fill it with comfortable beds and some favorite toys and make it extra awesome with playtime or treats.
  • Drown out the sound. Leave music playing in the safe space throughout the firework display to help block the booms. Closing all windows and doors in the house will help as well.
  • Provide plenty of distraction. Pull out your pet’s favorite toys or stuff toys with treats to give your pet something fun to focus on during the celebration.
  • Don’t make a fuss. When your pet is distressed, it’s hard to ignore the urge to comfort them, but excessive comforting may reward your pet’s behavior or (even worse!) validate their fears. Besides a few calm pats, carry on as if nothing special is happening.
  • Consider calming supplements or pheromones.  Starting some before the fireworks begin may help relax your pet and reduce their reactivity.

 

Comments (4)

Shayne Stone
Champion Real Estate Group - Missouri City, TX
"Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"

Great information!  Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day!

Jul 04, 2021 09:21 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Kim N. Bregman thank you for reminder to help pets cope with fireworks. Happy 4th of July Independence Day!

Jul 04, 2021 09:27 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH
CRS

Thanks for sharing Kayne!

Create a “happy place” where your pet can retreat to and feel secure. Choose a spot in your house where your pet usually likes to relax that will also buffer the sights and sounds of the fireworks, such as a walk-in closet or a room with blackout curtains

Jul 04, 2021 10:02 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Kim,  Thanks for the tips on keeping your pets happy during the 4th of July  celebrations.  We have made the happy places for our dogs.  It really does help to have a movie or music on to drown out those scary noises.

Jul 04, 2021 12:57 PM