Jul 03

Dogs, The Fourth of July, and Why We Use Fireworks

Fireworks have been used in celebrations for thousands of years, the origins go back to ancient China. In America, we began using them in our 4th of July celebration during the Revolutionary War. Back then the show would have involved gun and cannon fire as well. Eventually, the powers that be decided using actual ammunition was a bit dangerous so they moved to fireworks only. And there you have it, the practice stuck. Now a few hundred years later our dogs are still taking cover from them. There are a few things you can do to help your pup through the loudest of our modern holidays.

  • Staying Safe. Fireworks can cause your dog to panic quickly. Remember to think like your pet, they don’t understand what these noises are or where they’re coming from. While your dog may still be scared inside it’s better than being terrified in your yard or loose outside where they may be able to escape or hurt themselves.
  • White Noise. Find a room to hold up in. If you have a finished basement you use as a living space this might be an area to stay with your pet. Turn on the tv or music loud enough to drown out the booms during firework celebrations in the evening.
  • It’s Not Over Until It’s Over. It can be helpful to have your dog go to the bathroom at dusk before the fireworks begin. Likewise, try and make sure the fireworks are done if you can before you take your dog back out. This can be hard during the week of the 4th since many people do their own backyard firework show.
  • Clean Up. If you have celebrated in your own backyard make sure you check to make sure everything is cleaned up. The only thing worse than your dog being scared of fireworks is your dog eating or otherwise being hurt by unused or excess parts of fireworks.

Thanks for reading and stay safe this holiday season,
Colin Carlton
Manager, Ruffin’ Wranglers