With the 4th July of here, many people will be having family events and will want their dogs to be a part of their celebrations. While there's no problem with wanting your dog included (they are part of the family), there are some dangers that could occur. For example, there are some dangers and just scary things for dogs when the fireworks start going off. Some dogs are scared of the noises or firecrackers and other holiday festivities.
Here are some tips on how to properly include your dog in the 4th of July celebrations:
Barbeque Time at Your House - The 4th of July is a time for many families to come together to celebrate this holiday with barbeques. There is no problem with your dog being in attendance as long as the dog is comfortable around many people. If it is prone to biting or other negative behaviors then they should not be around small children and people who are afraid of dogs. Make sure your barbeque attendees are not feeding the dog any "people" food or alcoholic drinks.
Taking Your Dog to a Party - If you are not throwing the barbeque and are instead heading to a friend's home or at the park then you should ask first if dogs are allowed. There are those who are not dog friendly so it is best to make sure before you set your plans in stone. Only take the dogs who are social and who like to be around people. Again, no feeding the dog or giving them adult beverages because this is damaging to them.
Fireworks - Some dogs do not have a problem with the loud noises that accompany fireworks. For dogs that are skittish, keep them at home where they can feel safe and protected. Leave the television or radio on at a normal level to keep the sound of the percussions at bay. If you do allow your dog out while fireworks are lit, make sure they stay away from the embers to keep them from being burnt. This is very important as many pets get burned each year due to negligence while lighting off fireworks.
It is important to include your dog in family activities but the 4th of July can be a difficult time for dogs. The fireworks can scare the badly and they may run away or hide somewhere. This time of year is one of the busiest for shelters due to the many dogs that break their leashes and run off scared and confused because of the noises and bright flashes of light.
So have fun with your pooch but make sure she is safe as well.