Did someone say barbeque? Memorial Day is just around the corner. The holiday is full of fun, sun, and fireworks. Even though the bright lights may be beautiful in the sky, the loud noise may scare your pup and make them feel not so ‘pawtriotic’.

While you’re preparing for the perfect Memorial Day with your family and friends, here are some things you can do to celebrate with your dog’s firework anxiety in mind!

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Think ahead!

There is no such thing as ‘too prepared’ when it comes to your dog. Firework anxiety is fairly common for dogs. Starting on the Memorial Day holiday, fireworks season starts and your dog will be hearing them a lot more often leading into the summer. 

Start creating a comforting space for your dog ahead of the holiday festivities. Dogs are comforted by a den-like environment. Keep your lights dim and play some soothing music to distract and get your dog relaxed. Keeping them away from the loud traditions of the holiday will ease their anxiety. If your dog experiences separation anxiety while you’re hosting, consider getting a  Snuggle Puppy to keep them company. 

Keep your pet busy during the day

Spending time with your dog is a great way to ease their anxiety during the holiday. Games like fetch and tug help build a bond with your dog and get their heart rate up. If your pup is tired out by the time the holiday festivities start, they will be less likely to experience anxiety. Need to stock up on some extra toys? Check out our selection of Tender-Tuffs to keep your pup engaged and busy!

Give them extra comfort

A little love goes a long way with your pup. If you notice that your dog has symptoms of anxiety and their behavior is off, give them some extra attention. Let’s be real, no dog will ever turn down extra belly rubs!

Overall, Memorial Day can be a fun and exciting holiday. If you follow these tips and tricks, your pup will be ready to celebrate with you! Planning on traveling this holiday? Check out The Dog Mom Guide: Traveling With Your Dog