I will predict the future.

People will set off fireworks before Fourth of July and stop lighting them around the start of fall. More dogs will run away around 4th of July than any other time during the year. Lot of dogs will suffer from anxiety and stress throughout the fireworks season.

One solution.

Get a app or recording of fireworks sounds. Start playing it when you get home from work or when your dog is eating dinner. Start with it quiet and play with your dog, or massage your dog and help them to relax while hearing those sounds. Keep the mood fun and light. Turn up the volume a very little everyday until one day you are blasting it. Then start to play it quietly and loudly at random times, always while doing things that are enjoyable to the dog. When your dog notices the sound you ignore the sound and Enjoy Your Dog!!! Learn what is to loud and set your dog up for success.

That is how associations works, we have the power to take a negative and make it a positive by our will and behavior. We have a lot of influence over associations if we are conscious and prepare. The problem is most people don’t. Most people will read this think is a good idea and do nothing.

That to me is sad.

Martin Wright
From: The Unwritten Book of Mostly Useless Ideas Pertaining to Dogs and Dog Behavior.