Is your dog stressed by fireworks or other loud noises? In the U.S., one of the noisiest days of the year is Independence Day on the 4th of July. In Mexico, where we spend a lot of time, we and our dog hear loud fireworks frequently. There can be thunder anywhere, at times, too.
How to handle this problem? Here are some tips.
 Be sure your dog is well confined. The noises make a lot of dogs run off in panic, and in their fear they sometimes run into areas where they don’t know the way home. So this would be a good time to walk your dog on leash rather than off, and to keep the dog indoors if your yard isn’t totally secure.
 Be sure your dog has a tag with your phone number and address in case the first step fails.
 Use an herbal calming product to lower the general stress level. Rescue Remedy is a Bach Flower Remedy, widely used to relax pets. Click on the image to learn more at Amazon.com, where there are many, many reviews. Or get a tranquilizer from your veterinarian if warranted.
 Don’t take the dog to holiday festivities where there will be fireworks. I remember how our Basenji puppy so hated a parade we once took her to, that I had to take her home and miss most of the parade. This wasn’t even a 4th of July parade!
 To relieve stress during fireworks or thunderstorms, we often use the Tellington TTouch. Here’s a link to my page about this unique method of helping dogs with physical and emotional problems of many sorts.
 Distracting the dog may work. I can sometimes distract LarryDog with food treats, but if he is very stressed, he just ignores food.
 In general, reward your dog for calm behavior during fireworks and as much as you can, simply ignore any signs of stress.