Why Doesn’t My Dog Like the 4th of July


Have you ever noticed that the 4th of July holiday is not your dog’s favorite holiday of the year. So, exactly why does your dog not like the 4th of the July? As you probably suspected fireworks do have a lot to do with it, but there are a few other reasons as well.

Fireworks that go on for days

Some neighborhoods go all out for Independence Day. The weekend of the 4th is usually the most active, with fireworks going off from evening and well into the night. Our dogs don’t know that we are celebrating with fireworks to commemorate the battles that paved way to America’s independence from the British Empire.

All they know is that there are loud and scary noises coming from their usually quiet neighborhood and that scares them. Some dogs are bothered by loud sounds more than others, but in general no dog is happy with the booms heard throughout the night.

Hot summer weather & thunderstorms

The heat of the summer generates more thunderstorms, this is especially true in climates that don’t have a lot of storms. Not only is the heat exhausting, lightening and thunder can be extremely stressful for our pets.

Crowded cookouts

And it’s more than just top  fireworks, hot summer days and unpredictable weather. we often have people over for a cookout or take our dogs with us to other 4th of July festivities. Undoubtedly there will be strangers and loud children, plus loud music. To us, this is all in good fun, but to our dogs all of these things can make them pretty anxious.

Most of us love chances to celebrate and spend time with our friends and families. There’s nothing more American than a good 4th of July celebration. But the same can’t always be said for our four legged companions. Not only may your dog not like the 4th of July, it isn’t always safe for them either. 

Also, don’t hesitate to give us a call if you need someone to check on your pet while you’re away for festivities! We’d be more than happy to check on an comfort your dog this summer.



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