4 Calming Tips for Fido's 4th of July

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2020 has been a crazy year, to say the very least. Getting used to that "new normal" was quite an adjustment for us, our loved ones, and yes... even our fur-besties. 

As we gradually ease ourselves back to the "old normal" again, our canine companions might need a little help re-adjusting, too -- especially if you're back to work, or if some of your 4th of July plans are back on!

So, to keep Fido from freaking out about it, here are four handy tips to keep their tail wagging happily.

Separate Seamlessly

Let's face it. After being cooped up in the house for months on end, we wouldn't blame you for wanting to get out for a fun (and safe) 4th of July get-together with some friends and loved ones. But, is your dog ready?

Your pup probably got used to seeing you around the house all day long, so you might want to consider coming up with a gameplan to help your dog cope with separation. Even if your dog hasn't had separation struggles in the past, you might be surprised at how clingy they got since then.

Be sure to check out our recent post that shares six tips to help your dog feel more comfortable with their me-time

Help Fido Handle the Fun

Whether you're keeping it simple or going all out (while social distancing) for the 4th of July, be sure your dog is ready for all the action!

Between the fireworks, loud friends, blaring music, grills, and feel-good drinks, there's quite a lot of 4th of July stimuli for Fido to deal with -- not to mention a few dangers if they happen to stick their snouts where they don't belong. 

For a few pet parent-approved Independence Day pointers, check out our six tips to keep your pup safe before, during, and after your firework-filled holiday!

Calming Supplements May Help

Whether you're heading out for work or to enjoy some fun and fireworks, sometimes your belly rubs and pats on the head won't be enough to stop your dog from buggin' out when you head out the door.

Fortunately, giving your dog a premium calming supplement is a great option when it comes to keeping their stress at bay.

Calming products with Melatonin, Hemp, Valerian Root, and L-Theanine may be able to help your furry friend feel less tense, hyperactive, and whimpery when they're having a "ruff" time without you. It's even better if you plan on bringing your dog along for some fun in loud public areas.

Fetch Some Frisbees

For some dogs, all it takes to keep them calm and settled down is a little good old fashioned exercise. Whether it's a long walk, playful doggy-wrestling on the living room floor, or some frisbee fun in the backyard, physical activities can work wonders for antsy pups!

Not only does exercise keep them physically fit, but it also helps tire them out and increase their appetite. In doing so, your dog will be far less concerned with you leaving for work or listening to firework displays. 

Just be sure your dog's hips and joints are up to the task! We suggest giving your canine companion a mobility supplement to help them move comfortably.

If you have any comments, tips of your own, or questions about nature-inspired calming supplements, tell us below! You can also reach out to us at (800)-940-1972 or bark@zestypaws.com.


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  • Beth M Runyan

    Hi my name is Beth. I have 2 basset hounds. When my female hears loud noises she shakes so bad, we think she’s going to have a heart attack or something. What can I do

  • Zesty Paws

    Hi Beth! That is an excellent question. I used to have a basset hound too and she was terrified of thunder. I would recommend trying out our Calming Bites! We recommend giving them daily and about an hour before a stressful event. For example, if it is the fireworks you are concerned with, I would give them about an hour before the fireworks are set to go off for the night. :)

  • Amanda hart

    Hi! Our dog gets very nervous around fireworks and we’re getting ready to help her through the next few nights. We have the peanut butter calming bites which help but we’d also like to give her some Benadryl to help sedate her in case it’s not enough. Is it ok to give her both?

  • Zesty Paws

    Hi Amanda!
    That is a great question. Our products are meant to be able to be combined with pre-existing regimens, however, because we are not as familiar with Benadryl as we are with our products, we would recommend consulting your pup’s trusted veterinarian to be extra cautious. <3