Consider Your Dogs This Independence Day
Tip #1: Exude A Calm Attitude
Dogs automatically associate the emotion surrounding an experience with the event itself, so if you're alarmed by the fireworks or worried about keeping Fido calm, he will be as well. If you maintain an upbeat attitude, your dog will mirror that behavior.
Tip #2: Lead with Body Language
While soothing words can help calm your own nerves, body language is what your dog naturally understands and responds to first. Communicate to your dog that it's okay to hide in a safe place by showing him where to go.
Tip #3: Reassure With Small Treat Portions
Reward your dog throughout the day using smaller bits of treats. To keep your dog interested in remaining calm and following your lead, spend time finding which treat works best as an incentive.