7 tips to prep your pets for the 4th of July

Taryn's Wreckreation Guide

July 2, 2018

For a lot of Americans, the 4th of July is a favorite holiday. We BBQ with friends, we watch the fireworks and we celebrate our nation's independence. But for our 4-legged friends, Independence Day can be quite traumatic, and these 7 pointers can help you and your pet through the holiday.


Here's a list of tips to help you and your pets through the holiday:


1. Make sure your pets get plenty of exercise earlier in the day. Today I had lunch with the one and only Steve Migs, and when I asked him what he and his wife do for Lulu on the 4th, he said LOTS of walks before the fireworks start. They like to make sure she's good and tired so she might be more interested in resting or napping than stressing out.

Walking @luluthewarriorprincess at the #OrtingTrail. Reppin’ @liarsclub. #PoopBag #maltichonsofinstagram #LiarsClub

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2. Try a Thundershirt! Although my dogs have never used them, several friends have them for their dogs and swear by them.


3. Be sure your pets have a safe space in your home or garage. A cozy bed, a crate or even a spot on your bed will help keep them calm. 


4. Yummy snacks are a great way to show your pet that you love them and are here for them!  A local company out of Bellingham makes CBD treats and drops that can really alleviate anxiety. We have used these with my parents' dog Colt many times.


5. Did you know July 5th is the busiest day for animal shelters? Ensure you've updated your pets' identifications - microchip address, ID tags on their collars, etc. If for any reason you were separated from your pet, having the up-to-date information makes a successful reunion much easier. And keep your eyes peeled for lost pets in your neighborhood.


6. Put on the tunes. It never hurts to put the radio or TV on for them in the background - they REALLY love KISW, by the way :)


7. Keep the windows and blinds closed to help keep the sounds and visuals to a minimum.

If you have any other tried and true methods for keeping your pets safe and calm on the 4th of July, please send me an email so I can add yours to the list! 

Happy Adventuring,


Taryn Daly