I have 2 new dogs this year.
This will be our first Fourth of July together and I have no idea how Odin and Finn feel about fireworks.
I’m not quite sure how they’re going to respond to the big booms that will be happening in a few short weeks.
Right now, I’m more concerned about Odin than I am about Finn.
I think that Finn is going to bark like he barks at everything but I don’t think that he’s going to have any severe anxiety over them.
I think that Odin has the potential to have some moderate anxiety though.
He seems a little more skittish at loud noises and I’ve been watching him closely the last few days as some people dip into their stash of fireworks.
The booms are far off in the distant but I know that if I can hear them, Odin can too.
He doesn’t seem too bothered by them.
He doesn’t want to bolt inside and he’s not shaking but I’m still a little concerned that once the fireworks really start going that he might have an issue.
Since I just don’t know I’m preparing for the worst and breaking out some of the things that were successful with Sherman.
If you find yourself in the same boat as me with new dogs, here are some tips that you can start trying right now just in case you need them.
And if you have a dog with a known fear of fireworks, now is the time to prepare.
The 4th of July is in 2 weeks and it’s going to come up fast so you should try to stay ahead of the game instead of getting there just in time to play.
This year is going to be different for many of us.
Most areas have canceled firework displays due to social distancing which is going to leave a lot of people going out and buying their own.
Your neighbor or several people on your block may be one of those people.
I know that a bill just passed in the House allowing fireworks to legally be set off in the state of Ohio.
We are one of the few states left that don’t allow fireworks.
Thundershirts For Loud Noises
I used a Thundershirt with Sherman and had pretty good results with it so I have one on hand for Odin.
I’ve already started putting the shirt on Odin to get him used to it.
The Thundershirt isn’t going to work if you wait for the thunder or fireworks to start and if their first experiences with the Thundershirt are always related to being scared, you’re doomed.
You don’t want them to associate the shirt with bad things, you want them to know it’s safe and good.
Get them used to it now.
Put it on for a few minutes a day and just let them walk around in it.
Put it on them for a short walk, while they eat, while they play.
(I purchased our Thundershirt from a local pet store and it is a XXL.)
CBD For Firework Anxiety
If you’re going to try CBD to help alleviate some of your dog’s anxiety, get it now.
If you order it online, it’s going to take a few days or up to a week to get it.
If you get from a local retailer, it’s going to be in high demand.
You’re also going to need some time to find the correct dose for your dog and how long the CBD takes to get into your dog’s system and how they will react.
If your dog needs a sedative that only your veterinarian can prescribe, fill it now.
Depending on when your dog’s last exam was, the veterinarian might require an exam before they can fill the medication.
This is going to take time because many vet clinics are booked due to the pandemic.
4th of July is on a Saturday this week which means that many vet clinics will be closed for the weekend or have limited hours.
Don’t wait until Friday to call in your dog’s medication!
Many clinics have a 24-48 hour turn around on medications and yours is NOT going to be ready if you wait until Friday.
Be kind to your vet and their staff and call it in now.
Start observing now.
If this is your dog’s first 4th of July, start observing their behaviors now.
As I mentioned earlier, we can already hear fireworks in the distance almost every night.
I am paying very close attention to how Odin reacts.
We even experimented a little bit with some smoke bombs and sparklers to see how he would react.
Neither one of these makes a loud noise but they do make a little bit of noise and have a certain smell.
Odin does not like smoke bombs.
He wanted to head right inside when we lit them in our firepit.
He doesn’t mind sparklers at all.
I don’t know how this year will go.
Normally, the big display of fireworks is set off a few miles behind our house.
They are loud but predictable and I’m assuming that Odin would want nothing to do with them based on my current observations.
But those have been canceled and I don’t know who is going to be blowing them off this year.
I don’t know when and I don’t know where so I’m just going to be as prepared as I can be and keep my fingers crossed that I have a decent protocol in place and that Odin and Finn won’t be feeling too uneasy for the holiday.
Do you have any tips to share on how you prepare your dog for fireworks?