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Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks Festival ~ A Wonderful Night For Us, A Terrifying Eve For Our Pups!

Tips to help pups through the Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks Festival.

Tonight is the night we’ve been waiting for, the wonderful Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks Festival. This night can be a magical eve for us humans, but for our furry friends it can be profoundly terrifying.

So, when night falls and the lights in the sky start to fly, be sure to take these precautions to help your pup make it through the night, safe and sound.

Leave Your Pups at Home ~ The crowds and noises of the fireworks can be overwhelming and scary for your rascals. The loud explosions can send them into a sheer and utter panic. Even though you may love the thought of having your pups with you to enjoy the show, play it safe and leave them at home.

Close/Lock all Windows and Doors ~ Dogs have been known to jump out windows and bolt out doors when the boom of fireworks blasts through the sky. Not only will closing the windows reduce the intense noise, it will keep your dogs contained in the safety of their own home.

Anxiety Wraps ~ These are body-fitting t-shirt type wraps that can help calm your dog.  The snuggly, constant pressure can ease your dogs’ anxiety and help them relax (think swaddling a baby).  There are several brands on the market, with the *Thundershirt being the most popular.  It’s not a cure, but can help a great deal.

Give Your Pups a Safe/Quiet Place To Spend their Night ~ While you celebrate the night's festivities make up a warm, comfortable spot in a quiet room of your home.  Create a "cocoon" for your rascal, a place for them to rest and relax.  Play some classical music (studies have shown it can relax dogs), or turn on the television (something calm), and give him a special/high-value bone or treat to chew on. The bone will keep him busy and give him a place to release his stress while he chills out to the soothing music.

With a little thought and care, you can keep your pups safe, calm and happy on this potentially stressful night. Take the time for them, they'll thank you for it with wags and wiggles!

Have a wonderful holiday season!

*Thundershirts can be purchased locally at Pet Foods Market in Manhattan Beach. 

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Drewry December 12, 2011 at 03:09 AM
I absolutely love pets, as they are nothing more than a friend to mankind :-) http://www.DrewryNewsNetwork.com
Rebecca Mandell December 12, 2011 at 07:44 AM
absolutely!!!
Kathy Sena December 12, 2011 at 03:27 PM
Smart idea to have a safe place for them to stay during the fireworks. We've found that classical music on the radio also helps. Appreciate the tips!
Sharon Arias December 12, 2011 at 05:09 PM
This year's fireworks ceremony was ruined by all of the over-commercialized advertising signs and banners. First there was the unsightly Skechers sign that blanketed the entire stage. Then there were all of the sponsor ads that were strewn all over the Manhattan Beach north parking lot wall. Finally there were the sponsor ads in the sponsor-reserved fenced VIP section that stole seats from the public. What was the private centennial committee thinking? And now they want to sell "wood" coins, even though we're supposed to be a "Green" city. And of course there's the decision to sell alcohol on the beach. Are these people nuts!!! Time to stop.
Stewart Fournier December 17, 2011 at 12:23 AM
I think everything about this event works wonderfully. It brings us all together on one night each year and it is a great testimonial to all the "VOLUNTEERS" who chose to get involved in their community. It takes sponsorship to make it happen. Remember the centennial committee are citizen volunteers who ask nothing in return. Its hardly fair to call them names. We should all be grateful for the time they dedicate which is no small task I am sure. Lets keep the celebration positive by not criticizing those who give of their time.

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