Fourth of July Safety: Watch Your Dog! - NECN

Fourth of July Safety: Watch Your Dog!

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    While your local fireworks display may be fun for your family, it is likely dreadful for your dog, who may run from the loud noise; a rescue group in New Hampshire says more dogs run away on Independence Day weekend than any other time of year. (Published Friday, July 3, 2015)

    Your local fireworks display, while fun for your family, is likely dreadful for your dog. In fact, according to one rescue group in New Hampshire, more dogs run away from home this weekend, than any other time of the year.

    At All Dogs Gym and Inn in Manchester, 3-month-old, Tuuka, a Gold Doodle, was getting suited up for the July Fourth celebrations.

    "If it's hurting your ears, you better believe 10 times more, it's hurting your dogs ears, as well," said dog care specialist Jocelyn Helgran.

    She showed necn how to apply a thunder jacket, which uses the compression method to comfort a dog.

    "If you were to swaddle an infant, and that relaxes an infant, then this is doing the same thing to your dog," she said.

    For those with puppies, although they may not seem easily frightened, experts say one traumatic experience, if not handled properly, could impact them in the future.

    "Your dog could be sound sensitive for life," Helgran said. "If you drop a pan on the floor, your dog could run in opposite direction."

    And that is exactly why this is one of the busiest weekends for volunteers with Granite State Dog Recovery.

    "Over the July Fourth weekend, we probably do double volume," said Amy Mailhot.

    Mailhot says even dogs who have never strayed before can take off during fireworks if their owners haven't prepared.

    "Unfortunately, it's the most scared ones that run the farthest away," Mailhot explained.

    Make sure your dog has a safe place to hide like a crate, turn up the air conditioner or music as a distraction.

    "Don't bring your dog to the fireworks," said Helgran.

    You can even buy lavender oils and sprays to help them relax, and remember, your energy sets the tone.

    "Be nice and happy and positive," Helgran advised. "Don't give them a reason to be afraid."

    Helgran and Mailhot say the most important advice they can give is to make sure your pets have proper identification on their collars.

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