We’ve already posted some tips on keeping your dog safe during fireworks, but here’s an excellent story that explains why dogs get so freaked out. There are also more suggestions for how you can make the holiday less traumatic:
Research has suggested that tactile pressure can have a calming effect on a number of species (ourselves included), but there are two other elements to consider: how much pressure should be applied for the desired effect, and should the pressure be constant or changing so as to avoid habituation? For example, Temple Grandin found that she habituated to steady tactile pressure after about 15 minutes and would need to vary the intensity of the pressure.
So make sure you’re all set to help your best friend get through the loud, flashy celebration.