fireworks3.jpgIf you’re a dog owner heading out to watch the fireworks, make sure to set them up for the night with some coping tips to ease the anxiety of the dreaded booms:

- They find small, enclosed spaces comforting, so a crate, laundry room, or gated off space in a dark room would be appreciated

- Set them up with their favorite toys, a bone, or treat

- Keep windows closed, if you have air conditioning that is a much better option

- Mask the fireworks a bit with other loud sounds. This sounds counter-intuitive, but playing the TV or music at a higher than normal volume, or throwing some tennis balls in the dryer, will create some more common and less threatening noises within the home to drown out the fireworks

- If you have a particularly nervous fur friend, there are canine wraps available like the Thundershirt

- Get them plenty of exercise during the day. Tiring them out will mean they don’t have the energy to be nervous and on high alert all night

- Make sure they are wearing a secure collar with name tag and phone number, the 4th is among the most popular days for dogs the fly the coop

Happy Fourth of July from the Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group! As always, we are here to help, just give us a call at 630-441-5570 or visit us on the web at www.mariaandtom!