How to calm your dog during fireworks

How to calm your dog during fireworks
We all celebrate many holidays with fireworks, such as the 4th of July, the Celebration of Light, and Canada Day. While these fireworks are beautiful and stunning, their loud noises and bright lights can scare our furry friends.
In this post, we will review a few tips to help you enjoy these celebrations while keeping your dog calm and comfortable.

Here are 11 tips

1. Create a safe space

Designate a quiet, comfortable area in your home where your dog can retreat when the fireworks start. Fill this space with their favorite toys, blankets, and possibly a crate if they find comfort in enclosed spaces. For example, you can set up a cozy corner in your bedroom with their bed, some chew toys, and a blanket that smells like you to provide a sense of security.

2. Use calming aids

Consider using natural calming aids to help ease your dog's anxiety. Products like calming supplements or lavender-scented sprays can be effective. For instance, administering a few grams of supplement to your dog’s food 10 days before the fireworks start can help them stay relaxed naturally. Read directions for use and cautions carefully before using any supplements.

3. Play soothing music

Soft, calming music or white noise can help drown out the sound of fireworks and create a more relaxing environment. For example, you can play a playlist of classical music or use a white noise machine to provide a steady, soothing sound that can mask the sudden bursts of noise. Here is a Spotify playlist you can use.

4. Keep curtains closed

Closing the curtains or blinds can help block out the bright flashes of fireworks, which can be as startling as the noise. If you have blackout curtains in your living room, pull them shut before the fireworks start to minimize visual stimuli that might scare your dog.

5. Distract with toys and treats

Engage your dog with interactive toys, puzzle feeders, or long-lasting chews to keep them occupied and distracted from the noise. For example, a Kong toy filled with peanut butter or a puzzle feeder can keep your dog busy and focused on something enjoyable rather than the fireworks outside.

6. Stay calm and reassuring

Dogs can pick up on their owner's emotions, so it’s important to remain calm and offer plenty of reassurance. Speak to your dog in a soothing voice and provide gentle petting. If your dog comes to you for comfort, calmly pet them and use a gentle, reassuring tone to help them feel safe.

7. Try pressure wraps

Pressure wraps, such as Thundershirts, provide gentle, constant pressure that can have a calming effect on dogs. If your dog has shown anxiety during thunderstorms, putting a Thundershirt on them before the fireworks start can help reduce their stress and make them feel more secure.

8. Exercise beforehand

A long walk or vigorous play session earlier in the day can help tire out your dog, making them more likely to rest during the fireworks. Take your dog to the park for an extended play session with a ball or a frisbee, so they’re more likely to be relaxed and tired when the fireworks begin.

9. Provide background noise

Turn on the TV or radio to provide a familiar background noise that can help mask the sound of fireworks. You can tune into a calming nature documentary or play some talk radio, which can provide a constant auditory backdrop that helps to muffle the fireworks sounds.

10. Ear muffs

Consider purchasing dog earmuffs, headphones, or hoods to block out firework noise if your dog can tolerate wearing them. However, remember that dogs who are already scared or feel trapped due to the fireworks may be less inclined to wear anything covering their ears or head.

11. Consult your veterinarian

If your dog has severe anxiety, speak with your veterinarian about potential medication or professional strategies to help keep your dog calm during the event. For instance, your vet may prescribe an anti-anxiety medication or recommend a behaviorist to develop a comprehensive plan to manage your dog's stress during fireworks.


Fireworks can be a source of stress for many dogs, but with the right preparation and techniques, you can help your furry friend feel more secure during these celebrations. Remember, understanding your dog's needs and providing reassurance are key to helping them cope with the excitement of fireworks.

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