Happy 4th of July, or is it? Firework shows may be lighting up the skies for all humans to see bringing smiles to your faces, but for all of us dogs out there we are not amused. I teamed up with my friends to bring you our top tips for keeping us safe today.

Momo the PLAY Pug

1. Keep us indoors during the fireworks. Normally we would protest (especially if you are leaving us), but today is the one day of the year that we are more than happy to stay in and celebrate our freedom. 

Lucy

Lucy from Brea, CA

2. Don't feed me from the table. I know I am cute and it's hard not to give me scraps, but I don't want to get sick! While treats are always welcome especially from Bocce's Bakery - I need to stay away from onions, coffee, avocado, grapes, raisins, salt and yeast dough to name a few.

Buddy

Buddy from Newport Beach, CA

3. Take me on a walk...earlier in the day. I don't want to be out there doing my business with things that go boom so grab my biodegradable Earth Rated poop bags and let's hit the neighborhood. I am all dressed up and ready to mingle.

Toby

Toby from Bay Point, CA

4. Don't leave your alcoholic drinks unattended. I like to pawty just as much as you do, but those are poisonous to me. I'll take my water chilled in my bowl.

Spike

Spike from San Francisco, CA

5. I refuse to leave home without my collar and PetHub tags! If I get out tonight, I want to make sure I am coming home to my plush toy sets and comfy P.L.A.Y. bed. Make sure my microchip is up-to-date while you're at it.

Bailey
Bailey from Campbell, CA

6. Be sure to set the mood. I know I put on a brave front, but flashy lights and big booms scare me. So close those blinds, tuck me in and make sure to put on some soft music to drown out those loud bangs. 

Maggie May

Maggie May from Long Beach, CA

 

Do you have any tips for our humans to keep us safe? Please share! 

By Natalie Gomez 24 days ago at 5:23 pm 0 Comments
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While people everywhere are out celebrating the 4th of July with friends and family many of our dogs are dreading the crash, bang and boom of the night’s fireworks. A dog’s hearing is much better than a human’s. It’s nearly ten times as sensitive. The loud noise created by fireworks can cause anxiety and fear in even the most placid pups.

4th of July Dog

Here are 4 tips to follow on 4th of July or any day that might include a show of fireworks.

  • In the morning be sure to get your dog out for an extended walk or jog. Take them to the dog park to get out all of their energy. The goal is to wear them out and calm them down before the festivities. Your pup will then be more likely to rest and relax during the noise and excitement.
  • Humane Societies and local animal shelters often get over-crowded on the 4th of July each year from all of the dogs who got scared and ran away from home. Be sure to keep your dog indoors with proper identification just in case Fido escapes. It might even help to close blinds so your dog can’t see the fireworks as they happen.
  • Your dog looks to you for a lot of things, including whether or not to be scared. If you remain calm and don’t react to the noise your dog is less likely to. Try not to jump at the loud booms and act as if everything is okay. Don’t baby your dog or cuddle them too much, this only reinforces their fear or anxiety.
  • Turn on the radio or the television to help mask the sounds of the fireworks outside. Classical music can soothe your dog or a riveting show on Animal Planet could be the perfect distration. Even the white noise of a fan or air conditioner can help cover the crack and boom of 4th of July fireworks.

Do you have any tips on how to keep your dog calm and comfortable? Share them with us below!

By Lauren Colman on Jul 01, 2013 at 9:35 am 0 Comments
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Happy 4th of July weekend! Around the country millions of people are barbequing, soaking up the sun and enjoying a festive firework show. However, while you’re eating your hamburger and lighting that sparkler, make sure to keep your four-legged friends safe (and happy) too.

Fireworks frighten a lot of dogs – we’ve all heard the story about the dog that dug under the fence, jumped out the window, or chewed through the wall because he was scared. Did you know that more dogs run away on the 4th of July than any other day of the year? To make sure your dog isn’t one of them, here are a few tips.

  • Don’t take your dog with you to any firework festivities. All of us want to include our four-legged family members, but the loud squealing and bangs often trigger the flight instinct in dogs.
  • Keep your pup in a quiet area. Turn the TV or radio on to distract from any outside noise and keep a water bowl accessible.
  • Make sure your dog is tagged. If you don’t have her microchipped – make sure to do so for next year! In the meantime, make sure she has a collar on and your contact info on her ID tag.
  • Get your pup a Thundershirt. They help with a wide variety of symptom like shaking, panting, barking, whining, “accidents”, clawing, digging and many others! Easy to use and drug-free, Thundershirts have an 85% success rating AND a money back guarantee – it’s definitely worth a shot. Check out this video for some more info.

 

  • Never leave your pup unattended outside – remember the story about the dog that dug his way out of the yard? You DON'T want this to happen to you.
  • If your dog has SUPER anxiety, talk to your vet. Sometimes, depending on the severity, they can prescribe sedatives to help.

Remember, Independence Day is supposed to be FUN - coming home to a missing pet is anything but.

From all of us at P.L.A.Y., we hope you and your families have a very happy AND safe 4th of July!

By Play Admin on Jul 03, 2011 at 8:26 pm 0 Comments
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