Fireworks are about to begin! For many pet owners the Fourth of July is a miserable time of year even for patriots. Many dogs suffer from noise phobias and experience a great deal of anxiety when they hear loud noises. Fireworks can be downright terrifying to dogs. Many dogs try to run away on the Fourth of July. More dogs go missing on the Fourth than any other holiday.
Having a dog with a sensitivity to sounds can be very hard on the dog and the owner. It’s very difficult to watch your pet suffer. As a local, reputable Shih Tzu breeder, I use sound desensitization protocols to help desensitize all of the Shih Tzu puppies in my breeding program. Puppies that grow up around loud noises are less likely to exhibit fear later in life.
If you own a dog that suffers from a noise phobia it is important that you follow some of the simple safety tips above on the Fourth of July. Hopefully these tips will help to protect your pet. Enjoy your holiday and stay safe!