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Check Out the Extreme Measures One Pet Parent Takes to Protect Her Dogs from Fireworks

By Christy True
published: June 26, 2020 - updated: July 2, 2020 • 2 min. read
Dog in the bathroom

It’s safe to say that Elise Vincentini is not a fan of fireworks.

Harper hides in the bathroom
Harper hides in the bathroom when the fireworks start.

As pet parent to two Weimaraner dogs who are sensitive to loud noises, she takes some rather extreme measures to keep her pups from panicking when her Seattle neighborhood turns into a sonic battlefield on the Fourth of July.

One of her dogs in particular – Harper – goes into the bathroom, cowering in a corner, panting and shaking uncontrollably, as soon as the booms start.

Elise tried everything to calm her pups until she finally settled on a multi-pronged approach that seemed to work for Harper.

Here’s what she does:

  • She lines the bathtub with pillows and blankets to create a soft, cozy spot in a room furthest away from the street.
  • Before the fireworks start, she gives her dogs CBD to help calm them.
  • She closes all the windows, turns on several fans, and plays reggae or classical music to provide enough white noise to deaden the popping sounds.
  • She wraps the pups in a homemade swaddling cloth to make them feel secure.
  • She sprays a calm herbal spray such as lavender.
  • Finally, she gives them a good chew treat to keep them busy and distracted.

As the owner of the Downtown Dog Lounge doggie daycare in Seattle, Elise shares her technique with customers who have similar issues. And she reminds everyone to keep dogs inside and contained as July 4 is the time of year when the most pets escape or get lost.

“With my dog’s anxiety, there’s no place I’d rather be on the Fourth of July, than sitting on the couch with her where I know she is safe,” she said.

Dog in a bathtub

View a video of Harper in her “bunker” on a previous Independence Day.

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Christy True and Tomas
By Christy True

Christy has been writing about pets for Healthy Paws for 28 dog years. She also coordinates media requests and manages the Healthy Paws Foundation. A background in journalism may be why she enjoys writing about offbeat animal studies and the latest viral pet trends. She has been owned by several dogs, and she volunteers with a local dog rescue. Outside of work, she can usually be found sliding down a mountain near her home in Bend, Ore.

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