2. Lots of strangers are out on the 4th of July so be aware of your surroundings if you take your dog to a new neighborhood.
3. Take your dog for a long walk before dusk. Dusk is when neighbors start to let off fireworks. Tire your dogs out so they will not have to go to the bathroom while you're out at the fireworks. A hike is a good option for the 4th because the trail may be less crowded than your neighborhood. This will also make them more likely to fall asleep rather than bark through the fireworks.
4. If your dog likes his crate, then put it in quiet place that he finds relaxing. Fill it with toys and treats. Soothing music could help too. If not, today is not the day to begin crate training!
5. Give your dog a special toy to play with at night.
6. If your dog doesn't like toys, consider buying a nice bone for them to chew on while they are home alone. Chewing helps naturally calm your dog's nerves.
7. Keep your dog cool and hydrated. Dehydration during the fireworks will amplify the anxiety they are feeling.
8. Close windows, doors, and curtains so your dog is less distracted by passersby and the fireworks. This will also muffle extra noise.
9. Double check that your dog is wearing his tags and his collar on the 4th. Your dog should have his collar at all times especially if you going to bring him along for any festivities.
10. If you are out and about, make sure your family has a plan for the dog if he gets nervous around loud noises. Everyone should be aware of where the dog should be and for long. This avoids a situation where someone accidently lets the dog out in the yard after dusk.
Have a safe and happy 4th of July!