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July 4th Reminder
  • robes325robes325
    Posts: 264
    Hey Everyone,

    July 4th is that day that most dogs get lost. This is mainly because they get spooked by fireworks. If you are considering taking your dog to watch a fireworks display, please read below.
    Post edited by curlytails at 2012-04-15 01:21:44
  • InoushiInoushi
    Posts: 555
    Neither of my dogs are scared of fireworks. Using cap-guns around them as puppies really made the difference. They actually enjoy looking at them, to the point I have to drag them away from a display.
  • ljowen123ljowen123
    Posts: 3105
  • Thanks for posting. I distributed a similar "Fourth of July Pet Safety" reminder to members of our Shiba Meetup yesterday.
  • ljowen123ljowen123
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  • lucylulucylu
    Posts: 500
    Lucy experienced her first 4th of July. Our city shoots off our fireworks on the 3rd and they literally shoot them off 50 yards behind our house. She layed down and watched the entire thing. Never jumped once.
  • bobc33bobc33
    Posts: 287
    The fireworks are somewhat close to our house, and the reports are booming right now and my two are sleeping. Heck yes!
  • mcsassymcsassy
    Posts: 339
  • Glad you were able to reunite dog and ower. Hope you mentioned microchipping to the owner.

    My guys slept thru the celebrations. For some reason, the neighborhood was a tad quieter this year--I'm not complaining.
  • ericw2000ericw2000
    Posts: 73
    I kept the dogs inside while the fireworks were going off, not that I had any choice in the matter. We had lots of people in the neighborhood with big aerial stuff, and neither dog wanted to go outside to go to the bathroom, but Rocky was totally freaked. I put the Thundershirt on him around 3pm before the noise started and gave him 2 of the relaxing treats from Petsmart. He was still a shaking, panting, mess when the fireworks started and seemed to relax more when he was in my lap. It's to the point now where he'll climb up in my lap when he's scared, and that's ok with me. The Thundershirt provides minimal help at best, though he lets me put it on him without resistance.
  • LosechLosech
    Posts: 2516
    I found an Old English Sheepdog before the fireworks even went off. He was running down the street but I knew where he lived and grabbed him and walked him back. Poor dog, I hope he didn't get out again.

    Once it began to get dark and people in the neighborhood were shooting fireworks off I didn't let the dogs go outside. Conker didn't care, Sasha was a bit scared but Juneau... When she's freaked out she goes upstairs and tries to hide in Mom's room and that's where she was. She's never tried to run though, just hide.
  • kayla4554kayla4554
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  • shibamistressshibamistress
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  • Shiba_HaduShiba_Hadu
    Posts: 22
    Can the loud noises from fireworks permanently damage a dog's ears?
  • BootzBootz
    Posts: 3495
    Not looking forward to the 4th. Both Jackie and Bootz bark like crazy when they hear fireworks :( cant even distract them with treats.
  • WendyNCWendyNC
    Posts: 257
    We're still waiting for our puppy to be born (should be any time now), but one concern I have is that she'll pick up the fear from our poor old hound girl. Lacey came to us as a very damaged stray, is not part of the doggie brain trust, and is as neurotic as the day is long, so we've finally resorted to Valium for her for thunderstorms, fireworks, etc. Even when she's dosed up and up on the couch with me, she's still a quivering, trembling mess.

    I'd welcome suggestions on how to keep the puppy from picking up Lacey's fear. How can I encourage the puppy to copy Laddie, our Golden boy, who really doesn't see what all the fuss is about?
  • shibamistressshibamistress
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  • AnnaAnna
    Posts: 621
    Hammond thankfully handled the fireworks pretty well, since the City shoots them off over the river which is just a block away from our apartment.

    On the 3rd some neighbors were shooting small ones off in the street while we were outside. He didn't like them too much, but didn't seem upset. He barked and them and then was trying to hunt them, haha.

    The big ones on the 4th he did not like. I tried taking him for a walk to see them and he freaked a little. We made it about two houses away before he started shivering a tiny bit, so I picked him up. We made it another two houses when he flailed around to be put down and then dragged me back to the house.

    I left him inside while I went back out to watch the show. When I got back inside he was laying in his crate. Not shaking or panting or ears/tail down. Just casually lounging in there. Which does mean he was a little nervous or upset, because he only goes in his crate when something is wrong. But he came back out and was playful and normal within 20 minutes.
  • RyuDragonRyuDragon
    Posts: 319
    We were playing in our apartment complex's dog park after dark to try and beat the crazy heat wave we are having in the midwest. People were setting off some pretty big fireworks 50 yards away from us (right next to the street, smart kids), the loud ones made Ryu jump, he ignored the other ones though. We watched a big display from a decent distance on the fourth and he didn't even notice (too busy watching all the people around us).
  • Kira_KiraKira_Kira
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    Post edited by Kira_Kira at 2015-07-04 08:44:06

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