Summer celebrations like backyard barbecues, carnivals, parades, and fireworks displays may be fun for us but are not always well received by our dogs.

Dogs have a greater ability to hear sounds, including higher frequencies and different pitches, so loud noises caused by fireworks and other festive commotion can be uncomfortable and even scary for them.

Here are a few tips to help pets feel comfortable during summer events:

  • Close all doors and windows to prevent your dog from running off when frightened, and to significantly reduce the volume of outside sounds. Use air conditioning or white noise to create a calming atmosphere.
  • Create a quiet, private space for your dog, such as a cozy crate or a room with a comfortable bed.
  • Introduce a special treat or favorite toy to provide a positive distraction from revelry and other festive noises.
  • Provide plenty of play and exercise to tire your dog out before the festivities start.
  • Consider purchasing special products, such as pet clothing or bedding, that can help your dog feel more relaxed and secure.
  • Talk to your veterinarian about natural remedies, such as pheromone sprays or treats containing CBD, to help calm your dog.
  • Remember, it’s important to keep your dog away from fireworks to avoid injury.
  • And finally, make sure they have proper identification in case you are separated.

It’s important to consult with your veterinarian if your dog begins to experience symptoms of anxiety or negative reactions to loud noises like fireworks. Your vet can address any associated medical issues and prescribe appropriate medication if necessary.

It’s also incredibly important to demonstrate love and support to your dog during what they may perceive as a stressful time. Punishment is never recommended, and continued exposure to something that produces fear in the hopes of training it out of the dog is simply not effective. Working with a behavior modification specialist can provide extra support to help your dog work through anxiety and noise phobias.

Finally, quality pet resorts like Green Acres can offer a safe haven for your pets throughout the summer months, providing plenty of play and exercise, personalized attention, and comfy, cozy amenities that deliver optimal rest and relaxation.

Green Acres Pet Resort can help pets feel comfortable during summer events. Veterinarian-owned and operated, our one-of-a-kind rural setting delivers acres of expansive play yards where pets can explore and exercise, while our trained staff specializes in putting your pets at ease while keeping them fully engaged throughout their stay. Right now, new guests receive a free night of boarding. Call 608-889-2100 to make your reservation today – or if you have any questions about what to expect after boarding your pet.