Bangs and Booms




Bangs and Booms

Celebrations for Independence Day will soon be
upon us. Even if the pandemic has changed how we celebrate, the citizens of New
Boston will be sure to set off bangs and booms. There are many people who look
forward to the traditional Fourth of July celebrations: parades, barbecues, and
fireworks being the hallmarks. Unfortunately, our canine companions do not
understand our need to celebrate and especially don’t understand why there are
sudden explosions all around. This is why the Fourth of July is the number one
day of the year that  pets go missing.
Fun for us, not for many of our animals. Following are tips to help make your
Fourth of July a successful one for you and your dog:

Before:

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Keep as much consistency to your dog’s daily
schedule, but be ready to adjust as dusk approaches.

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Take your dog for a longer walk during the day and
give give extra brain game outlets before the festivities. This is especially
true if you are leaving your dog home alone during the fireworks displays.

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Establish a designated dog safe haven within your
house that preferably has no windows. This room should already be established
as safe and relaxing for your dog well before festivities begin.

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Make sure items needed during the fireworks are
already in the room.

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Watch out for door dashing!

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Make sure your dog is wearing a flat buckle collar
with their current ID tags attached with your up to date phone number. Updated
info includes their microchip as well!

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Have a metal exercise pen around the main door to
ask as a backup.

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If your dog has a negative history with fireworks,
especially if they are phobic, contact your veterinarian.

During:

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Place your dog in the room before fireworks with
enough time for them to nestle down.

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Use box fan, noise machine, classical music, TVs
to mask the sound of scary noises.

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Thundershirt.

•     
It is well worth the purchase.  If it does not help ease your dog’s stress
many big box stores will let you return it!

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Give your dog multiple interactive treat toys and
Kongs.

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If you can be present with your dog, even better.
This is when you can have treat parties and it goes like this… Boom →
Happily say “Treat Party” → sprinkle kibble and treats around your dog. Repeat
as necessary.

After:

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When you take your dog to potty have them on leash
(even if your yard is fenced) and be ready to give them a high value treat
immediately following any scary sound.

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Indoors play their favorite game with extra
excitement.

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Settle for a snuggle session (if your dog is one
who enjoys this!)

Although bangs and booms culminate on the Fourth,
throughout the summer there are festivities and outdoor activities that bring
fireworks and gunshots heard throughout New Boston (don’t forget thunder and
lightning.) If your dog is young or new to our town you can help them adjust
by being proactive. When outside, especially the week before and after the
Fourth, have a treat pouch with high value treats and toys. Gun shot → treat,
firework → favorite ball toss, your sister’s “beautiful” singing → treat party!

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