Dogs are predisposed to be frightened by sudden, loud noises. Recall it takes intensive training for some hunting dogs to get used to the sound of the shot being fired.  If your dog hasn't been conditioned since puppy-hood or an early stage to the sound of 'pops', it can have some profound neurological effects on your dog, as well as you as certainly when you're best friend is stressing, you are too.

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The firecracker holidays pose a problem for many of our dogs, the on-going sporadic sound of firecrackers, bottle rockets, mortars and more are enough to send most shaking pups diving under the bed or trying to put their entire 70 lbs into your lap.

Dogs have no way to rationalize those irregular sudden noises coming from all directions.  It's not in their vocabulary.

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Already the celebratory pops fill the air and will continue and escalate until about midnight on Tuesday.  To help your poor poochie through it all we've combed the world wide web, veterinarians sites and others to compile the five best ways to keep your dog calm during the coming potassium nitrate and saltpeter storm.

(Note: If your pet seems terrified to no end, uncontrollable releases and so forth, a good idea would be to consult your vet for more profound advice and perhaps even some kind of sedative.)

1) If possible try to get Fido a lot of extra exercise earlier in the day. If you spend lunch on the treadmill try to go home and walk him through the neighborhood, chase a flying-disc or anything else you can think of to at least have him a little more tired toward the end of the day than normal.

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2) Bring the dog in if at all possible, indoor dogs already feel safe and secure in the house.  In these kinds of situations a dog prefers a smaller space.  If your's is crate-trained that's a good place to be during fireworks.  Use a blanket or cover over the crate to keep it dark.  If no crate is available, a bathroom, a closet - anywhere that can be semi-isolated, be made to be basically dark and comfortable.

If you have an outdoor-only dog - do the same as above as much as possible with his kennel or dog house.  Extra blankets, some draped over the opening.  We want the dog to be able to curl and tuck up comfortably and relax.

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3) What about the sounds? The erratic and variable loudness of the firecrackers can to an extent be 'smoothed over' by playing music, or familiar sounds.  If your indoor dog is often present while you're watching television, play a television in his isolation area.  It doesn't have to be abnormally loud, the same volume level you typically watch at is best, just over the fireworks but not abnormally loud.

The dog hearing the familiar sounds of the tv or radio perhaps ultimately thinks the pops are part of tonight's program, no one really can say for sure.  The radio works just as well too, or a stereo.  Some say that classical music works the very best. Dairy farmers have known since the earliest days of radio broadcasting that playing one for the cows in the barn kept them calm and the milk flowing.

4) Keep Yourself Calm - Just as you can sense your cutie-pies anxiety, they can also to an extent perceive your level of chill.  Act calm and reassuring in talking to the pet, and give scratches in the favorite spots if he's calm enough to accept them.  Don't force anything.

5) Fresh water of course, and food in the normal portions in his regular bowl.  The familiarity of his bowl and water will potentially help him stay relaxed.  A treat or two now and then wouldn't hurt.

Again if your dog is totally freaking out, having accidents, continuously jumping, shaking uncontrollably, you should consult your vet for specific advice and help in getting through the 4th.  And Obviously as cute as they are if they're not OK with fireworks, taking them with you to a fireworks display is a bad idea.

By the way the Father of Our Country, George Washington was a dog lover.  Over the years he owned dogs with off-the-wall-names like his hound - 'Sweetlips' or his dalmatian "Madam Moose".

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