Dogs and July 4th

Jun 26, 2023

July 4th is a time for celebration, but for dogs, it can be a stressful and scary time. The loud noises from fireworks can cause anxiety and fear in dogs, leading to them running away, hiding or accidentally harming themselves. As a dog parent, it's important to take precautions to ensure your furry friend stays safe and calm during this holiday. At the end of this blog we have left a couple of links with helpful tools and information.

Preparing for July 4th

If your dog is particularly sensitive to loud noises, it's best to prepare in advance for July 4th. Here at Tails and Paws Photography we have two dog CEO's and one of them is terrified of fireworks so here are some helpful tips we have learned over the years.

One option is to speak with your veterinarian about anti-anxiety medication that can help your dog stay calm. We have also gone with a more natural option which is CBD.  Secondly, creating a safe space for your dog in your home, such as a quiet room with their bed and toys, where they can retreat to if they feel scared is algo a great idea (if their crate trained even better!) Using rooms without windows is a major plus!

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Keep Your Dog Indoors

On July 4th, it's best to keep your dog indoors. Even if your dog is used to being outside, the loud noises from fireworks can cause them to panic and run away. Make sure all windows and doors are securely closed and consider playing calming music or leaving the TV on to help drown out the noise.

Identification and Leash

It's important to make sure your dog is properly identified in case they do escape. Make sure they are wearing a collar with an up-to-date ID tag and consider microchipping them as an extra precaution. Additionally, keep your dog on a leash when outside to prevent them from running away.

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Avoid Fireworks

Avoid taking your dog to fireworks displays and keep them away from any areas where fireworks are being set off. Even if your dog seems calm, the sudden loud noises can cause them to panic and become scared.

Check on Your Dog

Make sure to check on your dog regularly throughout the day and evening. If you notice any signs of distress, such as excessive panting or pacing, try to calm them down by speaking to them in a soothing voice or offering your company.


By taking a few simple precautions, you can help ensure your dog stays safe and calm during July 4th. Remember to keep them indoors, properly identified, and away from fireworks and harmful foods. With a little bit of preparation, you and your furry friend can enjoy the holiday together.

Helpful tools:
* Toni Unleashed Podcast Episode "Fireworks Thunderstorm Anxiety"  

*Fireworks: How To Prepare Your Puppy For A Fearless July 4th! – With A Real-Life Example

*Background Music - Youtube

Thundershirt- Amazon 

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