(Closed) Fireworks and Dogs – how do yours do?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

@oracle:  We’ve had several dogs over the years.  Some weren’t bothered at all and others were terrified.  Our golden retriever absolutely HATED them.  She would hide in the bathroom between the tub and the toilet.  I guess the tight quarters gave her a sense of security.  In terms of helping your doggie, keep her indoors, distract her by playing her favorite games, turn up the volume on your tv or radio, and give her lots of love! 

Post # 4
41 posts

Mine just bark. And bark and bark and bark… if they’re really worked up they get a light sedative (with the vet’s recommendation and a prescription, of course). Not much you can do besides wait it out and, like melisslp suggested, play with her and try to keep her mind on something else. Just be careful when you let her outside, lots of pets run and end up lost around this time of year. 

Post # 5
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My basset runs through the house, sniffing, trying to figure out what’s going on. Our other dog hangs out in her kennel, it’s definitely her comfort zone. If we’re in bed, they’ll come snuggle.

My mom’s dog would cry, have accidents, and shake uncontrollably, she’d have to close all the curtains and turn the TV way up and snuggle with her under a blanket to get her to stop shaking. Now that she’s deaf, closing the curtains is enough to calm her down.

Post # 6
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

@MissChihuahua:  You are soooo right!  Make sure that her collar is on tight and you have a good hold of her if you take her out on a leash. Sadly, pets run away this time of year.  :o(

Post # 7
2398 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

My Darling Husband is a firework finatic and pops them through out the year once in a while so our dog is use to them.  He doesnt even look up anymore when he hears them. lol 

Post # 8
4371 posts
Honey bee

Mine are generally ok. But we keep them inside, just in case.

Post # 9
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

From my experiences with our family dogs, if they are fine with lightning/thunder storms, they’ll probably be fine with fireworks.

All of our dogs who have hated storms have hated fireworks and gotten really scared.  All of our dogs who couldn’t care less about a storm are the same way about the 4th of July.

Post # 10
7770 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Mine freaks the f out and has a panic attack.  She tries to climb up my legs, hides in the bathtubs, jumps on top of me in bed, or escapes when someone opens the door and runs into oblivion :/

Post # 11
5660 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Ours shakes, he already having anxiety about the little pops and cracks going off in the neighborhood that you can barely hear. We will be pawning him off on fiances dad with a light sedative. 

Post # 12
292 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@oracle:  Keep the dog way away from the noise, think about how much better their hearing is then ours and how loud and scary being near fire works will be.  Try some Rescue Remedy, a kong toy, their crate and some white noise in the room for the evening.  I know others says their dogs are fine but being a shelter volunteer one of our busiest days of the year is July 5th when people are looking for their dogs who ran during parades or fireworks.  And it’s just not fair for the dog to be around all of that noise and commotion.

Good Luck.

Post # 13
486 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My dog loves to watch fireworks from our apartment window (city fireworks display in the distance)…but just that. We took her to disneyland with us and our hotel was right behind where the fireworks go off….she hated it.

Post # 14
291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Mine freaks out this time of year. I keep her inside evenings when kids are mostly out setting off firecrackers. I also keep the TV or radio (on loud) and/or AC on to help drown out the noise.

By all means, make sure your pup cannot get outside. Dogs like to slip out when they are uncomfortable, trying to get away from whatever. Once they are out, they will keep running (and don’t think a fenced in yard will keep them near); they will find a way. 

Post # 15
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

All of our pets haaate them (we are close enough to where they set them off we can hear them from the house). Cats hide and dog cowers. 

Post # 16
1416 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My puppy can’t stand them! I feel so bad for her. She shakes and hides under the bed for HOURS! It takes us forever to get her out. We buy fireworks and set them off all year but we keep her away when we do it. The vet gave us a prescription to keep her calm it works but i’d much rather keep her away from them then have her drugged up all the time lol. I guess it depends on different dogs also.

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