No one wants to be a party pooper, so it’s best to leave your pup at home where he feels most safe instead of bringing him to a crowded event — but make sure there’s adequate supervision. “If [your dog] is afraid of fireworks, this is not the time to leave them at home for eight to 10 hours,” Gicking says. “Consider having someone stay home with your pets or even boarding them.”
Pets will be calmer in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home, Cussen notes. To create a soothing environment for your pet, setting him up in an interior room with no windows can be helpful, as well as turning on some gentle music or television to drown out any distressing noise.
Make sure all the doors and windows of your home are locked, in case your pet tries to make his escape. And take precautions ahead of time so that if the worst happens, you can reconnect with a lost dog.
“Keep your pets’ IDs up to date,” Cussen stresses. “It’s a good idea for all your animal companions — even indoor-only pets — to always wear a collar with an ID tag that includes your name, current phone number and any relevant contact information.”