5 Things Humans Do To Make 4th Of July Fireworks Fear & Anxiety Worse For Their Dogs

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The day after the 4th of July is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters in the United States. The loud noises and bright lights of fireworks and celebrations frighten our dogs and other pets, and many animals escape out of fear and get lost.

As a responsible dog parent, you probably take steps to make sure your pup is safe and as relaxed as possible on Independence Day, but there are some things that are done with the best intentions that end up making dogs’ fears worse.

Here are five things that you might do to calm dogs on the 4th of July that can actually make your dogs more afraid, and what you should do instead.

How do you keep your pup safe when the Fourth of July fireworks are going off? Let us know in the comments below!