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Tips For A Successful July 4th

The July 4th holiday is one that is spent relaxing, grilling, and watching fireworks each year which can be fun until those loud noises spook your dogs! Here's a list of a few rules for handling your dogs during this time:

Rule #1:

Stay away from fireworks if your dog has not been properly introduced to them.

Rule #2:

Ignore your dog if it is the slightest bit quirky.  The worst thing you can do is reward an adverse reaction by fawning over it.  

Rule #3:

Do things that the dog enjoys if you cannot get away from the noise.

At Big Oaks, during the 4th we have procedures in place to ensure every dog is calm, happy, and having fun!

Our procedures are to turn on all the lights (so they can’t see the fireworks out the windows), turn on classical music (not Beethoven, as he is sometimes vexing to your nerves) and turn on all the box and ceiling fans. 

We walk up and down the aisles while the Buda fireworks display is going on.  Seeing our team helps calm the dogs.  Some owners bring us doggy valium, and we give that about 1 hour before the fireworks show begins.  The show lasts about 30 minutes.  Hardy and Elaine are down with the dogs the whole time of the show.

After the show is over, we leave the lights, fans and music on for the rest of the night.  We go down to check on the dogs several times until bedtime. 

Thanks for reading along and if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our team!

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