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How To Keep Your Dog Calm During Fireworks

Advice For Lowering Your Dog’s Anxiety And Keeping Him Safe On The 4th Of July


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Independence Day is a wonderful holiday…for people. But for dogs, it’s a whole other story.

Just like people, dogs experience fear and anxiety. Only unlike people, dogs can’t control their reactions—and some even resort to injuring themselves or destroying property around them because they’re trying to escape the situation.

That’s why my first piece of advice when it comes to fearful dogs is to not take them outside during a fireworks display. They can jump the fence and run off and get injured.

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We’ve recently added a German Shepherd puppy into our family and with Independence Day just around the corner, it’s made me reminisce of all the foster dogs we’ve had in the past—some of which experienced crippling anxiety when it came to fireworks (as well as thunder storms).

So not only will I be using my experience to prepare for the worst with this new pup, I’d also like to share some tips with you (based on my personal experience) to help you keep your dog safe this Fourth of July.

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Don’t Pet Them During This Time


Do not pet your dog when they’re in a frightened state as this can makes them think that it’s “ok” behavior (you’re simply reinforcing negative behavior by petting them). There’s a time for affection, and this is not one of them. Even the sweetest of dogs can react by biting, no matter how long they’ve been a member of your family. Keep a watchful eye on them, but ignore the behavior. They’ll get through it.

Let Them Chill In An Empty Tub

We used to own a lab mix who was horribly terrified of fireworks and thunderstorms. And her favorite place to hide during these events was our bathtub. She felt safe there.

After doing some research, I had learned that dogs enjoy laying in bathtubs during storms and other loud events because the metal pipes underneath the tub act as an electrical grounding device and dogs release static electricity there which helps them feel a lot calmer—almost like a pacifier.

It actually makes a lot of sense.

So the next time your dog feels scared during a storm or during the Fourth of July, let your dog into the bathroom and just put any away anything that they might accidentally destroy like toilet paper and any bath rug.

Give Them Some Melatonin

If your dog reacts in an extreme way to the point where they’re being destructive to themselves or property, then a sedative is perfectly fine to use as a last result—like melatonin (please double check with your vet first!)

While you can absolutely get a prescription strength anxiety aid from your veterinarian, you can certainly purchase calming chews for your dog online. Even giving them melatonin is perfectly safe as long as it’s 1mg per 20 pounds.

Sedatives might not knock your dog out completely, but they will calm your pet down a great deal so they can relax.

Wrap Some Compression Wear Around Them

Image Source: ThunderShirt

Compression wear such as the ThunderShirt is a great solution for some dogs. Personally I have had two different results with this one—it worked on my chihuahua, but not on my lab mix—so it definitely is a hit or miss.

These pet compression shirts provide gentle pressure around your dog’s torso, making him or her feel like they’re being given a continuous hug. It’s definitely worth a try and if it doesn’t work, you can always return the product.

The Best Alternative To Single-Use Pet Pads

This Natural And Eco-Friendly Pet Pad Replaces Around 60 Disposable Pet Pads

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If you have a new puppy, a senior dog who’s accident prone, or you’re an individual with mobility issues and can’t take your dog out as often as you’d like, then you know just how important it is to have pee pads around the house.

When shopping for pet supplies, pet owners typically gravitate toward single-use disposable pee pads. And that’s because they’re viewed as convenient. I mean, who wants something that you have to clean all the time and that’s going to stink, right?

I’ve been there. My family has fostered A lot of dogs over the years and single-use disposable pads were always a big part of our pet supplies stash. But I have to admit—disposable plastic pet pads are not eco-friendly, and they’re not effective with all dogs—in fact, most the dogs I’ve owned in my lifetime ignored the pads.

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With that said, there are much better alternatives when it comes to single-use pet pads—and one of those better alternatives is the Bark Potty.

Bark Potty

Dubbed the nickname “dog park in a box”, the Bark Potty natural pet pad can be used for one month, is made from FSC Certified redwood chips, plus a durable and recyclable plastic tray, and replaces up to 60 single-use pads!

What about the smell?

When it comes to the Bark Potty, you don’t have to worry about unpleasant odor. The anti-microbial redwood chips absorb liquids, breaking them down naturally so that the pad has little to no smell – and the plastic tray at the bottom keeps everything contained and mess-free.

Bark Potty

How about dog poop?

Each Bark Potty pad also comes with a handy roll of biodegradable waste bags for easy clean-up when it comes to solid waste. As you can see in the photo below, the waste bags are conveniently placed into the side of the cardboard box and can easily be pulled out.

Bark Potty

The Bark Potty is definitely a great purchase and is easy to maintain—making it ideal for pet owners with brand new puppies, disabilities or mobility issues.

Let’s Recap:

Lasts For 30 Days

Easy Maintenance

Anti-Bacterial & Odor Control

Comes Equipped With Compostable Solid Waste Bags

Made from Natural And Recyclable Material

Budget Friendly

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Best Eco-Friendly And Non-Toxic Dog Beds

Sustainable And Non-toxic Dog Beds Made With Your Pet’s Health In Mind

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Pet owners go above and beyond when it comes to their dog’s nutrition. We will literally buy the most expensive dog food, or feed them a fancy raw diet if it means that they’ll have a longer lifespan and overall better quality of life. And dog food commercials do a great job of validating these concerns.

But why stop at dog food?

It’s a serious question. Why is dog food the only product that pet owners focus on when it comes to pet health. Why isn’t a focus on pet beds just as important as what dog food brand we buy?

Just like people, dogs sleep. They also age faster than humans and inherit physical issues like hip pain, arthritis, and skin issues like dermatitis, which can greatly be relieved with the right type of bed.

Dogs are members of the family who, just like people, need to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to live a long and happy life. If they sleep on something with cheap construction, then that will affect their physical health in the long run because certain chemicals in traditional dog beds can mess with your pet’s endocrine and hormone system.

Due to consumer demand, more and more pet beds are being made with pet health in mind. And that involves eco-friendly, organic, hypoallergenic, sustainable and nontoxic material that’s healthy enough for your pet to relax on. There are no toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, ozone depleters, mercury, lead, and other heavy metals that can be harmful to your beloved pet—yet many companies continue to make beds out of these ingredients.

Some of best ways to minimize skin problems in dogs is to actually stay away from cheap, synthetic dogs beds and opt for natural and organic pet beds. Bamboo, organic cotton, organic latex, and hemp are some of the best material that make up high quality dog beds.

If you have children, then consider what they sleep on. Surely they don’t sleep on hard cots, am I right? No! They have their own comfortable beds where they feel safe and cozy at night, and wake up feeling refreshed. The same should go for our pets.

With that said, below are some of the best eco-friendly dog beds that you can buy. It’s a good investment—especially because your dog’s health is worth it.

OMI Organic Cotton Pet Bed

OMI

OMI pet beds are made with certified organic cotton and natural rubber—two elements that are sewn in different compartments—allowing your pet to alternate comfort levels. The OMI pet bed also comes with a removable organic cotton canvas cover which can be purchased separately, or together with the bed. You can purchase these beds in various sizes and even a round shape—all available on EarthHero.com, where no plastic packaging is ever involvement.

Bean Products Organic Hemp Pet Bed

Bean Products

This soft and comfortable eco-friendly pet bed by Bean Products is available in various sizes—from xx small to XX large. It’s made from organic hemp and filled with pre-consumer recycled shredded CertiPUR foam. The cover is removable and washable, and since hemp doesn’t rot, you won’t have to worry about this fabric getting wet.

Green Breathe Eco

Green Breathe Eco

This odor-control pet bed by Green Breathe Eco is infused with activated charcoal, which absorbs and neutralizes pet odor. The removable and washable canvas is made from eco-friendly and biodegradable suede, and the mattress itself is waterproof.

NaturoPet Natural Wool And Cotton Dog Bed

Naturopet

The eco-friendly Naturopet dog bed is made from virgin wool and organic cotton. Virgin wool is naturally breathable, sustainable and helps control your pet’s unique body temperature—giving them a better night’s rest. The removable zippered cotton canvas is easy to clean and is machine washable. It’s the perfect dog bed for aging pets, as this natural and elevated dog bed offers luxurious comfort, helps relieve tension and pressure points, cushions the body, and provides premium orthopedic support

Molly Mutt Wool Filled Dog Bed

Molly Mutt

Keep your pet safe and healthy with this hypoallergenic, and anti-microbial dog bed by Molly Mutt. This dog bed is made with all-natural wool and helps curb dog odors. Molly Mutt pet beds are well insulated to stay cool in the summers and warm in the winters. They also provide excellent lumbar support for aging dogs.

Papo Bamboo Memory Foam Water Bed For Dogs

Papo

For the ultimate orthopedic comfort and joint pain relief, check out the innovative and eco-friendly memory foam waterbed by Papo. The water pouch is nontoxic, and the removable cover is a super soft bamboo that’s hypoallergenic and anti microbial.

Best Zero Waste Shampoo Bars For Pets

Why you should make the switch from ordinary pet shampoo to eco-friendly and chemical free shampoo bars!

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Just like people, dogs are prone to skin issues. From dry, itchy skin due to allergies, to more serious health problems like mites, fleas, and ticks—making your pet extremely miserable. And the biggest mistake that we, as pet owners make, is subjecting them to harsh chemicals which only makes the problem worse.

As someone who has owned and fostered a great number of dogs throughout the years, I’ve seen and experienced first hand, the different skin issues that certain breeds acquire. With that said, we once adopted a male German Shepherd who had a horrible case of mange mites which caused horrible redness and lesions throughout his entire body—the worst of it being around his groin area. And although it eventually cleared up with prescription medication, he continued to live a life with sensitive skin that required a special diet and alternative shampoo (CBD shampoo for pets is great for sensitive skin as well!)

Just like humans, pets shouldn’t have to be washed with shampoos that contain harsh chemicals and ingredients that we can’t even pronounce; in fact, traditional shampoos can cause further damage to already irritated skin. That’s why you should consider switching to an all natural shampoo bar made especially for pets. They are made with natural, organic, vegan ingredients, provide soothing comfort, and are climate pledge friendly—they’re biodegradable and environmentally friendly! Plus, they take up way less space than traditional plastic shampoo bottles.

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Most bars are made interchangeably for both cats and dogs, and range anywhere from 3 to 8 ounces. The best part is that many are infused with natural and hypoallergenic ingredients that create a barrier to help keep away fleas and ticks. Let’s check them out below!

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APPLE VALLEY NATURAL SOAP

Apple Valley Soap

Apple Valley Natural Soap is an awesome natural soap and shampoo bar company that is certified cruelty free. They make shampoo bars for for both humans and pets, and use top notch, organic ingredients (this pet shampoo bar is over 90% organic). Their pet shampoo bar is full of beneficial ingredients and essential oils that not only will provide your pet with a healthy coat, but will also create a barrier to keep unwanted pests away.

NATRULA PET SHAMPOO BAR

Natrula Natural Pet Shampoo

Natrula natural pet shampoo is great for both dogs and cats. It’s even gentle enough on new puppies. The Natrula pet shampoo bar contains an assortment of natural oils as well as honey, citronella and geranium, which act as natural pest repellents while adding moisture and softness to your pet’s skin and hair. The bar is anti-fungal, vegan, hypoallergenic, holistic and helps with odor control.

SIT. STAY. FOREVER.

Sit. Stay. Forever.

This whopping 7 ounce shampoo bar by Sit. Stay. Forever. has a sweet coconut scent and is made from Shea butter, organic oatmeal, vitamin E and Neroli essential oil in addition to olive and coconut oil(s). What is neroli oil? Neroli oil is an essential oil that’s very calming and acts as subtle sedative to make bath time for your pet a breeze. It’s also great for puppies and kittens!

J•R•LIGGETT’S PET SHAMPOO

J•R•Liggett’s

When it comes to shampoo bars, the J•R•Liggett’s brand is no stranger—they have a successful line made for both men and women. Their shampoo bars made especially for pets are likewise just as impressive—infused with essential oils consisting of lemongrass, lavender, Rosemary and lemon—with added hemp, aloe vera and colloidal oatmeal to help sooth dry, itchy skin.

SOAPY TAILS DOG SHAMPOO BAR

Soapy Tails Dog Shampoo Bar

Soapy Tails dog shampoo bar is handmade with oatmeal and coconut milk, and formulated with natural ingredients and essential oils to help breeds with sensitive skin and coat issues. This bar can be used on puppies as young as six to eight weeks of age and contains a flea relief formula which creates a barrier between your pet’s coat and outdoor pests.

ETHIQUE DOG SHAMPOO BAR

Ethique

Ethique is another well known shampoo bar brand. They have a line of shampoo bars made for kids and adults as well, which is really great! Their shampoo bar “BOW WOW BAR” is made especially for pets and contains moisturizing vegan ingredients such as coconut oil, cocoa butter and flaxseeds.

NATURAL DOG COMPANY

Natural Dog Co

The Silky Soft organic dog shampoo bar by the Natural Dog Company can be found on Earth Hero’s Website in the pet category of their main menu. It contains a blend of moisturizing ingredients for a soft, flake free coat, and extracts that control odor and create a natural barrier to keep away fleas and other unwanted pests naturally.

And as a special thank you for visiting Earth Hero’s site, please take 10% off of this shampoo bar or any other purchase on their website with coupon code: ECOMOMDIARIES at checkout.

Now that you know the difference between traditional dog shampoo and the healthier alternatives, would you consider making the switch? If you already own one, has it helped your pet with skin related issues? Let us know in the comments!

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