Happy 4th of July!

I’m sure you’ve been reading all week about how dogs and the 4th of July don’t mix. And although that is mostly true, that doesn’t mean they can’t take part in some of the fun by getting dressed up in some patriotic 4th of July gear!

Even though these Cleveland dogs might not be hitting up the local fireworks show, they will be looking very patriotic enjoying the 4th from home.

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Happy 4th of July from Hunter, Roscoe and me!


5 Tips for a Dog Friendly 4th of July!

So this year I have finally decided to buy Hunter a ThunderShirt for the 4th of July. After three years of not being able to console him at all during random neighborhood fireworks, I’ve realized I may have to try something different this year. We’ll see if Roscoe needs one too. I’ve noticed that he follows Hunter’s lead with most things, so I am hoping that if the ThunderShirt calms Hunter down, Roscoe will also be calm. I am still skeptical it will work, but enough people have said it works for their dogs to convince me to give it a try. Stay tuned for my review!


If the 4th of July is also not your dog’s favorite holiday, here are some other tips to try to make the 4th a little easier on him or her this year. Let me know what works to calm your dog down in the comments!

5 Tips for a Dog Friendly 4th of July!

1. Keep Your Dog Inside

Maybe your dog doesn’t mind fireworks, but chances are the combination of crowds and loud noises won’t make for a fun event for your dog. In fact, more dogs get lost after being scared and running away on the 4th of July than any other holiday. Safe stay by keeping your dog inside.

2. Get Some Exercise

The best way to avoid a freaked out dog is to wear him out, so he has less energy later.  Take your dog for a long hike or a trip to the dog park before the fireworks to allow him to work off some energy. As the saying goes, a tired dog is a calm dog.

3. Stock up on toys and treats

If you’ll be home with your dog, you should plan some activities to do with him or her during the fireworks. The key is to start the activities before the fireworks start though, since he may too distracted once it begins. You can play games with your dog, teach him new tricks and give him lots of treats to take his mind off the fireworks and give him a positive association with the noises.

4. Play Soothing Music

Once the fireworks start, and especially if you will be leaving your pets for the night, turn on soothing music or your television to drown out some of the noise.  Even if there is not an official fireworks display near you, there’s a good chance someone in your neighborhood will be letting off their own fireworks. It happens every year no matter where I live.

5. Make sure your pet is properly IDed

Hundreds of dogs end up at shelters each 4th of July after running away from being scared by fireworks. Make sure your pet has tags on his collar and that the information registered with your pet’s microchip (if he or she has one) is up to date. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

With these tips in mind, I hope you have a safe and fun 4th of July with your dog!


Happy 4th of July!

As much as I love the 4th of July, it comes with some anxiety knowing that it is far from my dog’s favorite holiday. For the last week or so as people have been randomly setting off fireworks in my neighborhood, my dog has been hiding under various pillows and running to my bedroom to hide out. And forget it if someone lets off one while we are on a walk. It’s likely I’ll have to carry him back to the house.

If you’ve found something that helps your dog with his fireworks anxiety, please let me know! I’ve tried to distract him, give him toys, but really all I can do is comfort him. This is a very common fear among dogs. In fact, sadly, they say that the 4th of July is the most common time for dogs to run away and go missing after being scared by fireworks.

Because of this, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, along with the Missing Pet Partnership, recently developed an app to help you find your lost pet. The app helps you find your pet by providing an individual search plan, customized by your pet’s behavior and circumstances. For example, if your pet is social and loves people, it is more likely he or she sticks close to your neighborhood. To determine your customized plan, you answer a series of questions about your pet and where he was last seen and then you get a checklist of what to do. Users will also be able to create a digital lost pet flyer to share on social media networks.

The app is available for download on Apple iTunes and Google Play. Look for “ASPCA Lost Pet.”

Here’s more great tips courtesy of the Dogington Post:

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Hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July!