#dog #dogs #puppy #puppies — We had a national holiday up here in Canada yesterday (Victoria Day) and fireworks are a traditional pastime activity. We also have fireworks for Canada Day on July 1 much like the US does for July 4. Although fireworks are great entertainment for us, many dogs are afraid of them.
There were lots of residents who lit store bought fireworks last night and my two dogs certainly didn’t like them. It’s not so much the visuals but the actual sounds of the explosions that there are scared of.
I made the mistake of taking them outside for a walk to get some air and maybe watch some fireworks out in the open. My girl Roxie in particular became even more nervous outside with heavy panting. And both of them were not walking as uniformly as usual even with their Gentle Leaders attached.
Since we were out in a large open soccer field with no traffic around, I was curious to see what they would do if I dropped their leashes for a brief second. To my surprise, Roxie started running but I was prepared for this. Chester on the other hand stuck by me.
I caught Roxie pretty quickly and brought them both home. Roxie was panting hard probably for at least another 20 minutes before she calmed down.
Both of my dogs stayed indoors during past years of fireworks with what I would say mild anxiety for a little bit. But I guess with the windows closed, the impact of the noise from the explosions are much less. Another weird thing this time around was Roxie was much more affected than her brother was. Roxie is usually the more dominant and less nervous dog in general between the two of them but in this case, she was not.
So for the next holiday where there will be fireworks explosions in the area on July 1, I’m definitely going to keep both dogs indoors with the windows closed maybe even with the TV or music playing to mask some of the noise from outside. I heard reports from a few of my neighbours that their dogs were also scared this weekend from the explosions. Fireworks and dogs, at least my dogs, just don’t mix unfortunately.
So if you have a new puppy and fireworks do happen in your area, you might want to be careful on how they are introduced to them. Maybe keeping them indoors would be the best option.