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Local Dogs Have a Hard Time on The Fourth of July

MT KISCO, N.Y.— Going to watch a fireworks display is an Independence Day tradition for many families, but one member of your household may not be a happy participant. As you and your kids watch the show, your dog is probably hiding under the nearest table.

Mary Lee Fox Roe , of Mt Kisco, has always experienced this problem with her dogs.

Roe said that she “never knew a dog, our own or friends, who isn't terrified by fireworks.”

Most dogs react negatively to fireworks because the loud noises can hurt their sensitive ears. This problem affects many dogs, regardless of size.

“We've had both big and small [dogs],” Roe said who were scarred of fireworks.  “Right now our "baby" is 50 pounds, and also terrified by thunder so she's had good practice in the last few weeks for the Fourth.”

Calming a dog during the Fourth of July weekend isn’t always easy, but Roe said that she gives her dog extra attention during the holiday festivities.

“We just make sure there's water nearby and pet her a lot -- when she ventures out from under the table,” she said.

Other tips for keeping your dog calm when there is lots of loud noises around, whether it’s fireworks or a thunderstorm, include keeping your dog inside and trying to distract him from the commotion by playing.

The fireworks may be over until next year but with the stormy weather that Westchester has experienced over the past few weeks there is no doubt that “baby” will be hiding under the table the next time a thunderstorm rolls in to town.

How did your dog handle the fireworks this holiday weekend?

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