Dog’s Least Favorite Holiday: The 4th Of July

in pets •  5 months ago


Independence Day is a great holiday for all Americans. Every family prefers to celebrate this event on a grand scale. But ... what about our pets?

As many dog owners will attest, fireworks can be terrifying to dogs of all sizes and ages. Dogs obviously have no clue that exploding fireworks are simply expressions of celebration. They see bright flashes in the sky and hear ground shaking explosions. The experience can be absolutely horrifying for dogs. For dogs that already have a fear of thunderstorms, the fireworks seem like incredible lightning flashes.

So, how can you make the Fourth of July easier for your dog? Here are some tips from me and my dog (who is terrified by thunder, lightning and explosions of any kind). Please keep these in mind as the holiday approaches. If you know someone with a dog that is planning a fourth celebration, please e-mail them this article.


1) Keep Your Dog Away From Fireworks Displays

If you are traveling to the fairgrounds or the beach for a fireworks display, leave the dog home. It is natural to want to include the pooch, as they are an integral part of the family, but this is one time where it is best to leave them out of the family dynamic. Believe me, they won’t miss a thing and you will enjoy the display more without worrying that your dog will get scared and run off.

2) Keep Your Dog Indoors

Preferably in their favorite “safe place”, whether that be their bed, their crate or even a particular spot in the house. If your dog feels safe in a specific place, let them stay there, even if guests ask to see the dog. Simply explain that your dog is skittish during fireworks, so she or he is taking a nap.


3) Keep The Doors Closed

If you have guests going in and out of the house, make sure that your dog does not have access to the door that keeps opening and closing. Someone once told us that more dogs are lost during the 4th of July Weekend than any other. We haven’t had a chance to fact check that yet, but it does make sense.

4) Keep The Curtains Closed

This helps during thunderstorms as well. Dogs often see the flashes in the sky and assume that it is lightning. Keeping the curtains closed is a small, but helpful technique for lessening the dramatic effects of fireworks and lightning.


5) Play Soft Music In The Background

Start the music before any fireworks display or storms start, so that the fireworks blend into the music. Keep the audio at a low to medium level, and increase it a bit during the loud parts. This can help mask the intensity of the firework detonations. Stick to soft jazz and avoid classical with loud crescendos.

6) Keep Your Dog On A Leash

If you are dead set on having your dog stay outdoors for a fireworks display, please have your dog on a reliable leash and harness. This goes without saying, but you would be surprised how many dog owners still think it’s okay to let their dogs roam free and simply hope nothing bad happens. If Ary has to go outdoors to make potty, once again, make sure to walk them on a leash. If fireworks go off while your dog is outside, they may want to flee, or become disoriented.


Independence Day is one of the greatest holidays. Families come together for food, conversation and a sense of pride in their country. However, it can be your dog’s least favorite. By ensuring that your dog is safe, comfortable and away from all of the commotion, you can help make the holiday weekend more bearable.


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Greetings, beautiful and dear Tanata

To me, that your photo is the most beautiful of all. Their beautiful blue eyes match very well with the eyes of the Siberian ruskie invasion. It is a beautiful dog. I already had a mixture of Mutt with Siberian dogs and knew I was very beautiful. You can even say that he is your brother hehehe.

I have a dog that came to me last year. I spent the new year with her to see how she would react to Fireworks. At the time, she was a puppy about 6 months. She still didn't know how to get off the couch. I put her on the couch with a blanket and a toy to keep her biting. When the Fireworks began, she stood up, looked around and then lay down again and was biting the puppy. For her, it was quiet, but I know how it affects dogs. Here in Brazil, several die in these fires.

Thank you for your awareness campaign.

Good night!!!!


It's wonderful that there are so many interesting events in your life. It gives you a great experience that you share. I thank for that!

U know in Poland we have only 1 this kind of day a year - new year. But I know how hard it is to keep the dogs calm. I own 9 dogs and fortunatelly only one is afraid of fireworks. Good pics by the way. Waiting for more ;)


Oh my God! So many dogs! You are my hero)


Thank u. If u wanna see my dogs look at my blog from time to time. I am introducing them one after another. U should like it. And siriously - I am following u and waiting for more pics and dog's news ;-)

Woww... this is called the humanity. Dear @tanata you are very polite and caring lady. No one think about these pet animals on these occasions never in any country but you are very much caring about these issues. Very nice idea and great solutions you offered. Thanks


Dogs are members of our families, we have to take care of them) thanks!

I Congratulate you on the Independence Day!
I liked your dog. This is what kind of dog? Husky, husky or ???


Thank you so much! You are right, this is husky)


Most welcome to sir..

happy 4th of july, puppy look like great.

Great post.
Thanks for sharing this post.

Hahaha this is really awesome @tanata.

a beautiful doggy.

you are ssstunning dear

Good post.

У собачки такие умные глаза. Жаль,что она не может говорить.


О, я представляю, что она мне сказала бы))


Thank you very much sir..

Fabulous one!!!

so nice photography i like it..

You are really so great post @tanata sir.