We were in Fort Lauderdale talking to a homeowners group about Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing and the cost savings of invisible dog fences versus standard fences last Wednesday. The group really seemed interested in the cost savings and the fact that they wouldn’t have their views blocked. Since the 4th is just about here, the discussion eventually turned to what they could do to make sure everything would be good for their dogs during all the festivities and fireworks. We have discussed this topic with our clients for years and were happy to provide advice…
The most important thing that you must always maintain is a safe and secure environment for your dog. The 4th of July is just another day that you must meet that requirement. The one issue with the 4th of July is that there are many loud noises, flashes, people, and activities taking place that your dog normally doesn’t experience on a regular day. Every day is not a pool party or picnic. Chances are, your dog won’t be able to process many of these distractions and will feel unsafe because of the day’s unique activities. With this said, let’s discuss ways we can make sure that our dogs will be fine with this great holiday:
- Never leave your dog in the car if you travel to an event such as a park’s fireworks display. Just opening the window “a crack” does not supply sufficient fresh air, and it creates an opportunity for your dog to be stolen.
- Make sure that your dog is wearing a properly fitted collar with up-to-date information tags securely attached. Talk to your Veterinarian about micro-chiping him so that he can be easily “swiped” by the proper authorities in the event he becomes separated from you.
- Do not leave your dog outside by himself. If it is impossible to bring him inside, be sure that you cover his dog house with a thick blanket to muffle the loud sounds and dim the flashes from the fireworks. Remember that his hearing is 10 times more acute than ours.
- Be sure that you have created a “safe haven” for him in the house. This is a place where he can naturally retreat to regain his composure of the outside stimuli and just “calm down”.
- If you are not keeping him in a crate (and crates are not a bad thing…), make sure that you remove any breakable items in his immediate vicinity. Sometimes dogs become destructive through nervous reactions to the sights and sounds.
- Keep him away from doors and windows. This will minimize the noise and bright lights he will experience. Also, the brief moment of an open door could cause him to dart and be lost in the street.
- Redirect him away from the noise and sound by having on the television.
- If possible, have him with you during the fireworks display. He often reacts more intensely to loud sounds and flashes of lights when you are not with him.
- If you can’t be with your dog during the festivities, consider hiring a doggie sitter to provide the proper distraction. Make sure that the sitter stays engaged so that he is properly directed towards things that are fun and possibly calming.
The goal that we are trying to maintain on this very loud and bright holiday is to assure that our dogs feel safe. Redirection towards things they naturally understand and inclusion within a safe environment are things we need to demonstrate. For more information about Dog Safety on the 4th of July or Out of Sight Dog Fence Services, please contact us at The Best Out of Sight Dog Fence Trainers in Fort Lauderdale and South Florida.