More dogs run away on the 4th of July than any other day.  That's according to Cesar Millan, one of the most popular dog trainers.  So how do we keep them safe?

You've heard me talk about my dog Tucker before.  He was a very loyal dog, who almost never left my side.  But the 4th of July was the exception to that.  One of the few years he ever ran away from me and wouldn't come back was the 4th when we were blowing off fireworks in the back yard.  He disappeared into the woods to avoid the noise and wouldn't come back out until it was over.

So how do we keep them safe and still enjoy the festivities?

Cesar Millan suggests taking these steps:

1.  Prepare for the noise - The best way to keep them comfortable is to avoid the noise altogether.  If you can, find a home away from where the fireworks will be going off.  Have a sleepover at the other house and just remove them if you can.

2.  Accomodate them - If you can't move them away, make sure they have a safe place in your house for them to go.  And be sure to have someone there to keep them comfortable.

3.  Acclimate them - get them used to the sound by playing sounds of recorded fireworks at increasing volume the days leading up to the event.

4.  Sedation - Be sure to talk to your vet before giving your pet any medication, and remember that timing is important.

5.  Communicate with them - Remember that your dogs communicate with energy, not with words.   So if you don't make a big deal out of the fireworks, they might be a little easier with them too.

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