Every time I hear the pop of a firecracker, I wince.
Between Canada Day and U.S. Independence Day, millions of North American people and pets feel stressed and afraid of the sound of firecrackers.
But even if your dog isn’t afraid of fireworks, there’s one thing you should never do.
Honey is a Gun Dog
No one would ever confuse my golden retriever Honey for a hunting dog.
She does not have the drive to work all day. She prefers lying on the couch to retrieving ducks in cold water. And when she does see a duck, she only wants to make friends.
But Honey retains one breed characteristic. And we’re thankful.
She’s absolutely unafraid of loud explosions.
When firecrackers start cracking all over the neighborhood this time of year, Honey hardly notices. Why be bothered by all those loud popping sounds when there are strangers to flirt with and food to beg for?
But even though Honey is unafraid of fireworks, I don’t take her to where they are being set off.
Don’t Take Your Dog To A Fireworks Show
There are so many reasons not to take your dog to a fireworks display you’d think no one would have to say it. But every time I go to see fireworks, I see people with dogs.
Here are just two reasons to leave your dog home when you watch fireworks:
There are tons of them. And they’re not looking out for your dog.
Nope, they’re holding lit cigarettes at dog eye level. Or running around with sharp pointy sticks that sparkle.
And let’s not forget they’re eating chicken wings and tossing the bones on the ground.
Do you really want to subject your dog to all that?
And of course, there’s the obvious reason to leave your dog home.
I have yet to see Honey look up at the sky sparkling with colors and find a look of amazement on her face. Fireworks are for humans.
Even though Honey doesn’t mind the booms, they might still hurt her ears. Especially at close range.
And paws aren’t that good at covering ears (although don’t pups look adorable when they paw at their ears?).
So even if your dog is the rare one who doesn’t mind fireworks much, don’t stress her hearing by getting too close.
How We’ll Celebrate the Fourth of July
I’m not a total curmudgeon. I like big sparkly lights in the sky as much as anyone. And Honey is with me nearly everywhere I go.
But we won’t be walking over to the park where the fireworks are being set off. Instead, we’ll admire them from the cockpit of the boat. At a distance. Where they aren’t so loud.
Honey will probably be sitting on my lap where she likes to hang out. And I’ll probably be holding my hands over her ears.
Just in case.
Your Turn: Do fireworks cause drama in your house? What will you be doing with your pets when the big booms start happening?