Many pet parents spend the 4th dealing with barking, anxious dogs. According to the AKC, Independence Day is the day when the highest number of dogs run away. If you’re a new pet parent, it might be your first time taking care of your pup during a fireworks display. Dogs who don’t cope well during thunderstorms are likely going to get scared of fireworks. However, there are steps you can take to help prevent your dog from utterly freakin’ out!

Step 1: Try to avoid fireworks to begin with.

Plain and simple - don’t bring your dog to a fireworks show, especially if you’re unsure how they’ll react.

Step 2: Set up a good, safe environment for your pup.

Put on some music or white noise, and create a comfortable environment in your home. If you have a room away from windows (like a den or basement), try setting up a safe, cozy space for them to relax during the show.

Step 3: Bring them on a walk before the fireworks start.

Go for a nice, long walk before sunset to avoid the firework noises altogether. Most fireworks don’t begin until it is completely dark.

Step 4: Make sure your pet has an ID tag and microchip.

Leave your pet’s collar and tags on this week, and make sure there is an updated phone number to reach you. That way, if they happen to escape, they’re more likely to be returned to you.

Step 5: De-sensitive your pup before the fireworks actually take place.

Try playing fireworks noises on your speakers - starting quietly and building up, before you suspect they’ll take place. This will help them to get comfortable with the particular noise.

Lastly, try to stay calm yourself during the fireworks! Pets feed off of their human’s energy, so try to remain unaffected by the sudden noises. Your pup will get used to these each year - and remember, fireworks aren’t a 365 days/ year occurrence! Using your Wagmo plan, be sure to ask your vet next time if there are any other special tips / tricks.