Totally unfun fact: One third of all dogs have anxiety. Totally unsurprising fact: That number skyrockets in times of inescapable loud noise, such as thunderstorms or fireworks.
Remember: No matter how many patriotic bow ties you put on your pupper, he doesn’t understand the concept of the Fourth of July and he is not anticipating (and certainly not enjoying) fireworks. Dogs have extremely acute hearing that makes the explosions all the more rattling, and unlike thunderstorms, fireworks come out of nowhere with no other warning signs like a drop in barometric pressure.
But the good news is that there’s one relatively simple way to help alleviate anxiety and relax your doggo during the Fourth of July fireworks. Beyond the obvious (be home with him, give him lots of snuggles, have his favorite toys and treats nearby, etc.), you can also employ a simple swaddling technique that will help calm your dog during the cacophony.
All you need is an old scarf or an Ace bandage (or a patriotic piece of fabric if you’re feeling ultra American!) and you can make your dog a DIY anxiety wrap. The swaddle mimics a hug, or the comfort of a womb, immediately relaxing your dog and keeping his nerves at bay so he doesn’t try to hide (at best) or run away (at worst).
If your dog responds well to the wrap, you may also want to consider the technique for other anxiety-inducing occasions, like a thunderstorm, or air travel.
Happy (and hopefully calm) Fourth of July to you and your four-legged friends!
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