Help Your Dog Cope With Fireworks on the 4th of July

by Virginia

To get the ball rolling, I decided to make the first news submission...

Since July 4th is just around the corner, I found this article to be very interesting:

Fearing the 4th: Dogs and fireworks

My Basset Hound, Hunter, is one of those dogs who has a hard time on the 4th of July when the fireworks start going off. The loud booms really scare him and the entire time he runs around the house trying to find a good place to hide.

We live right near the township building where the fireworks go off and we can see them from our front porch. Of course, it's convenient for us because we don't have to drive and deal with crowds to see a fireworks display on the 4th. But for Hunter, it's a nightmare.

The article referenced above has some great tips for dealing with frightened dogs on the 4th of July.

According to Cesar Milan, dog trainer and host of the National Geographic Channel's "Dog Whisperer" show, getting a dog ready for fireworks can take months.

Hunter won't be ready this year. Maybe next year... we'll see.

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