Why do fireworks scare my dog?

    Ok, Let's talk about this weekend and FIREWORKS.


    fourth of july

    Does your furry friend like them or hate them? 

    Do fireworks scare your dog? If so, she is not alone. The loud,but most important  unexpected sounds of fireworks cause stress and anxiety for a lot of dogs. Before July 4th rolls around, here are some things to keep in mind.

    “While we humans have learned to expect fireworks around the Fourth of July, the sound of fireworks can be quite startling for dogs,” said Purina dog behavior scientist Ragen T.S. McGowan.  It’s normal if your dog gets scared.


    Your dog’s acute hearing makes him more sensitive to the sounds of fireworks than you are. “Fireworks also produce an odor that dogs may be sensitive to,” McGowan said. After all, your dog has keen senses that make fireworks a more intense experience.

    Your furry friend will experience the same startle you do when you are surprised by loud noise.  This may mean an increase in heart rate, a rush of adrenaline, and an increase in stress hormones circulating through the body.

    Thunderstorms come with a lot of warning signs, like changes in barometric pressure and high winds, so dogs anticipate them. Fireworks are sudden and occur less frequently than thunderstorms, your furry friend might be more intimidated by them. For her, fireworks aren’t the same experience as a thunderstorm.

    Just remember, more pets go missing on Fourth of July than any other day. The loud noises and explosions scare them and they will run for safety, unfortunately, many cannot find their way home.

    There are plenty of furry friends who aren’t afraid of fireworks. It might be because they’re naturally easy-going, or it might be because they were exposed to enough noises when they were young that they understand that fireworks aren’t a threat, let them enjoy. But, if your furry friend is like ours keep them home, keep them inside, keep them in a safe comfortable environment until the adult fun ends.

    Love them or hate them please make sure your furry friends have the best 4th of July.

    Many suggest a unique dog anxiety shirt  designed to provide gentle, constant pressure to your dog's body, producing a calming effect. The ThunderShirt is a wearable solution that can be used to help your furry friend . They also have for cats as well.

    What is the thundershirt? The Thundershirt is designed to wrap around your dogs midsection to apply gentle pressure.  It can be used for anxiety with storms, fireworks, loud crowds/family gatherings, separation anxiety and to ease travel stress.

    Others suggest crating them so they feel safe and secure in an environment that is comfortable for them.

    Do you have tricks or techniques to keep your furry friend safe and comfortable? Please feel free to leave your ideas in the comment section on our facebook page to share with others.

    Still interested in more information about your dog and fireworks, Purina has a good article to read.