I usually try to look on the positive side of things. I usually try to understand others and accept that we all enjoy different things and different activities. But when my dog is affected by others and their decision to take part in fireworks, I have to say, I’m upset about it.
When we first adopted Brickle, I was excited about all the fun we would have together and all of the new things I would introduce him to.
So one night, when our neighborhood had a huge fireworks show, I thought maybe he would like to watch out of the windows. I. Was. Wrong. I was very wrong.
Brickle tried to hide. He shook with fear. He was scared. And I admit that I had no idea that for he would get more scared with each passing year and with every fireworks celebration.
Why do most dogs hate fireworks? The loud bangs and flashes created by fireworks can be very frightening for them, making them stressed and acting out in unpredictable ways.
Not only can pets be overstimulated by crowds, but fireworks can cause damage to their sensitive ears and cause fear.
Don’t take your dog to events with big crowds or fireworks. I love to take my dogs everywhere. But this isn’t the time. This triggers their fight-or-flight response. Your dog may bark at the noises or try to run away and hide. They may also show other signs of anxiety too, like restlessness, panting, pacing or whining.Brickle does all of the above.
So seeing my dog in so much stress makes me hate fireworks too. And it makes me upset for all the wildlife that are traumatized and scared. How is it ok to harm others that have no choice like wildlife with fireworks displays? It’s not ok. So we choose not to take part. And we take no chances with our dogs on holidays and events that use fireworks.
Your dog’s acute hearing makes him more sensitive to the sounds of fireworks than you are. Imagine your worst stress triggers multiplied. This is how your dog feels.
So since I can’t change the world’s behavior and need to use loud fireworks, we have a set routine to prepare our dogs and make them as comfortable as possible.
We create a safe, cozy den like area in the home and we turn classical music up loud.
We also use the organic CBD products from Pet Releaf and start hours ahead to make sure the products take affect in time. Although we can’t take fireworks away, we can do our best to be there for our dogs.
Maybe one day, we will learn how to celebrate without harming others…including our pets. Until then, my dog hates fireworks. And I do too.
–Rachael Johnson, 2 Traveling Dogs