For many people, fireworks are a great way to celebrate certain holidays such as the fourth of July, new years eve, etc, but to dogs, fireworks can be a true nightmare. But this begs the question, what makes fireworks so terrifying to some dogs? In this article, I’ll try to explain certain factors that might potentially scare your dog and what you can do about it.
The first possible reason is your dog may interpret the loud sound like a possible threat to themselves or you. It’s important for you to not to reprimand them or show any signs of aggression towards them because it will not help the matter.
Another reason why your dog may be so scared could be from the surprise Such a loud sound with no prior warning could startle them and put them in a state of shock or fear. To help prevent this, you could gradually expose your dog to recorded firework sounds but this may not work for every dog. Ultimately it’s up to the owner’s judgment on what is best.
Your dog may also feel vulnerable when hearing such loud sounds. To help them cope, you can be close to them so they may feel more secure, or give them a place to go where they know they’ll feel safe such as a crate or favorite corner of the house. Something that many people either forget or don’t know is that dogs pick up on your emotions, so acting happy or calm can really help them out since they know that you’re okay.
So what’s the best approach?
It really depends on what your dog finds comfort in whether it be holding them, having them near you, or doing an activity that you know they enjoy. If you know in advance that there will be fireworks, you could try exercising them well so they are sound asleep. If it gets bad enough, we recommend you contact a vet for possible medication and advice