Calming Dogs on the Fourth of July

Updated: May 24, 2024

The Fourth of July is a summer holiday we all look forward to, but not our dogs. In fact, it is one of the most terrifying days in a furbaby’s life.

The loud noises, from all the fireworks and cheering, contribute to making the Fourth of July scary to your dog. But have you ever wondered why your dog fears these noises?

Learn the reasons your dog may be afraid of 4th celebrations, along with ways to calm your dog on the Fourth of July

Why Your Dog Is Scared of Loud Noises

Noise anxiety in dogs is a strong feeling of fear whenever your furbaby hears loud sounds like fireworks, thunderstorms, even loud vehicles. While those are some of the leading triggers in noise anxiety, hearing any frightening noise may result in anxious behaviors. 

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"The loud noises from fireworks and excitement make the Fourth of July a scary holiday for your dog."

The following are some reasons your furbaby may be afraid of loud noises, especially on the Fourth of July:

Loud Noises Are Overwhelming

Anything, or anyone, to produce loud sounds, may startle and scare your dog. As you know, dogs have very sensitive hearing and loud noises can be very alarming to them.

Loud Noises Are Random

While you anticipate hearing loud noises during the Fourth of July celebrations, your dog cannot. Fireworks, firecrackers, cheers, and flashing lights come randomly, and without warning. Since loud noises are not part of your furbaby's regular life, they can be extremely startling and frightening on the Fourth of July.

Loud Noises Are Threatening

Loud noises may resemble a threat to your dog. For this reason, it usually triggers your dog's flight or fight response. Your furbaby will bark upon hearing loud noises but will also run away and hide after.

Loud noises can also cause anxiety, stress, and sometimes aggressive behaviors.

Loud Noises Make Your Dog Feel Trapped

It might be Independence Day for you, but your dog may have different feelings. If the loud noises of celebration can be heard wherever your dog is trying to hide, they may feel trapped. Your dog may feel as though nowhere is safe, even if they are hiding under the bed!


Signs of a Stressed Dog

The Fourth of July causes an array of stress and anxiety episodes in almost all dogs. As a pet parent, it is your main responsibility to recognize if your dog is already super stressed out.

Signs can include:

  • tail in between the rear legs
  • trembling
  • shaking
  • panting
  • drooling
  • excessive barking
  • whining
  • attempts to escape
  • hiding
  • decreased to no appetite at all
  • accidents
  • sudden aggressive behaviors
  • and a lot more!

Fortunately, there are ways on how you can help your dog get through the loud noises and stress brought about by the Fourth of July celebration.

Calming Dogs on the Fourth of July

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, here are some of the things you can do to help your dog feel safe and secure:

Keep Your Dog Inside

One way of calming dogs on the Fourth of July is confining them inside your house. Dogs with noise anxiety may be more inclined to run away or hide when it gets loud. It's important to keep your dog indoors so they do not run away, but also for their safety.

It is also a good idea to confine your dog to a small, safe space like a comfortable crate or empty bedroom, especially when fireworks begin. Dogs tend to like small, quiet spaces when anxious, as it can help to make them feel safe and protected. 

Note: It’s a great decision to have your pup wear washable dog diapers or washable belly bands, in case your furbaby has any accidents. Pet Parents® Diapers and Belly Bands are made with soft, non-abrasive WickQuick® fabric that wicks away liquid fast. This helps prevent your furbaby from developing diaper rash or urine burns, allowing your pup to be comfortable. These diapers and bands are also leak-proof, with a waterproof shell to make sure messes stay inside, whether it's pee, poop or both!

Provide A Safe Space

When confining your dog, make sure you create a place for them where it’s comfortable. If your furbaby is crate-trained, prepare their crate. If they aren’t, you should place your dog in a room with proper lighting, ventilation, and minimal Fourth of July noises.

It is a good idea to give your dog some of their favorite toys, blankets, bedding or chews to keep them busy. Having some of their favorite items may help to make them happier and more comfortable. 

Offer Calming Wraps and Supplements

Calming wraps, cloths, or shirts provide constant pressure, and may be helpful in keeping them relaxed. But if your dog finds it too much of a trouble, one way of calming dogs on the Fourth of July is by providing calming supplements.

Pet Parents® Calming SoftSupps® provide your furbaby with powerful ingredients that help act as a calming aid for dogs. 

Some of the active ingredients in our dog calming supplements include:

  • Suntheanine®: A pure form of L-Theanine, which promotes relaxation without drowsiness and soothes brain waves before adrenaline kicks in. 
  • Organic Hemp: Rich in healthy fats, proteins and antioxidants to help manage many health concerns like pain, inflammation, anxiety and seizures. Organic hemp has soothing qualities to help calm your furbaby's body and support tension relief during anxious times.
  • Thiamine (Vitamin B1): Assists in stressful situations by promoting nervous system & brain function, and strengthening the immune system. Thiamine is critical for energy metabolism in your dog. Many dogs lack thiamine because commercial dog foods often do not have enough of this essential nutrient. Supplementing daily not only helps alleviate Thiamine deficiencies, it also helps manage stress and anxiety. 
  • Taurine: This amino acid helps to support balanced behavior. 
  • Organic Chamomile: This herb may reduce hyperactivity and helps relax your restless furbaby. 

It is best to prepare yourself and your dog for the Fourth of July in advance. By following the practices mentioned above, you can help your dog feel calmer as the country celebrates the Fourth of July! 

We know the Fourth of July is a big and busy day, but don’t forget to check on your dog throughout the day, to make sure they're okay and managing their anxiety.

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