Keep Your Pup Calm During the 4th of July Fireworks

Fireworks are a big part of the 4th of July celebrations, but the loud booms and flashes can be a natural source of stress for our furry friends. Here at d’Tails Pet Spa, we know how much you love your dog. Use our tips to keep your pup calm during the fireworks! 

Tips to Keep Your Pup Calm During Fireworks

Create a Safe Haven

    • Find a quiet room in your house, like a bathroom or laundry room, that your dog can use as a safe haven during the fireworks.
    • Make sure the room is escape-proof by closing and locking windows and doors.
    • Create a cozy space with blankets, beds, and their favorite toys. If your dog feels secure in a crate, consider using one.

Desensitize Your Dog to Noise (Before the 4th of July)

    • If you know your dog is noise-averse, you can desensitize them to loud noises before the fireworks begin. Sound therapy CDs are available specifically designed for dogs that feature firework noises at a low volume. You can gradually increase the volume over a few weeks to help your dog adapt to the sounds.

Calming Techniques

    • Anxiety Jacket: A ThunderShirt or similar anxiety jacket applies gentle, constant pressure to your dog’s torso, mimicking a hug and providing a sense of security.
    • Calming Chews: Talk to your veterinarian about calming chews or supplements that contain ingredients like L-theanine or melatonin, which can help promote relaxation. Remember to give these chews well before the fireworks start to allow time for them to take effect.
    • White Noise: Leaving a TV on low volume or using a white noise machine can help mask the sounds of fireworks from outside.

Stay with Your Dog

If possible, stay with your dog during the fireworks display. Your presence can be very comforting and help to keep them calm.

Other Tips

    • Walk your dog earlier in the day to tire them out before the fireworks start.
    • Never leave your dog outside unattended during fireworks displays. Scared dogs may try to escape their yard, putting themselves at risk.
    • Keep your dog on a leash during walks around the 4th of July, as loud noises can startle even the calmest dog.


Following these tips can help your dog have a safe and stress-free Fourth of July. Remember, every dog is different, so what works for one may not work for another. If your dog has severe noise anxiety, talk to your veterinarian about additional medication options.

Remember to keep your dog looking and feeling its best, and schedule an appointment at d’Tails Pet Spa. We offer groomingwashing (full-service and self-service), and additional services to meet your dog’s needs. Call 770-886-8PUP (770-886-8787) or contact us online

We hope you and your pup have a happy and safe Fourth of July!