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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 21,2013 You can email your questions to to the attention of Freeway. Don't forget folks, Freeway is not a vet, so please keep the questions l'.ujht-hearted! Thanks. In another couple of weeks the 4 th of July will be here. So I am going to be early with my article because I am very concerned about my pooch friends and that they will be safe. The 4 th of July is a time of celebration. It's all about food, family, fun and fireworks. However, it could be a dangerous and frighten- ing time for my pooch friends. Fireworks and dogs simply do not mix. Many owners under- estimate their dogs when it comes to fireworks. The truth is, even the bravest dogs can become terrified by their sound. The most important thing you can do for my pooch friends is to keep them away from fireworks displays. If you plan to go see fireworks, do your pet a favor and leave them home. If fireworks can be heard near your home, keep them indoors for the evening, and give them a safe place to curl up, like a crate or plush dog bed with blankets. If your dog does experience fear and anxiety from the nome (such as I do) it is essential to know how to deal with it. Help ease your dog's fears. These things may help with dogs that have a mild or mod- erate fear of fireworks. Don't change your behav- ior. Many people feel com- pelled to baby their dogs when the dog is showing signs of fear. We pet them more than usual, cuddle them, and talk to them in soft voices. Rather than easing a dog's fears, however, this often reinforces the dog's fearful behaviors. Try not to react to the fire- works yourself. If you jump or tense up when you hear fireworks because you are anticipating your dog's fear, you may make them fair worse. Your body language can tell a dog that there is a reason to be afraid. Drown out the sound of the fireworks. Try to turn the radio or television and keep your windows closed during the fireworks. If the weather permits, a fan or air condi- tioner (if your dog isn't afraid of those sounds) can help too. Don't push your dog past his comfort zone. Allow him or her to hide if they feel more comfortable in their crate or under the bed. Don't pull him or her or try to force them closer to the fireworks in an attempt to get him or her used to the sounds. This may result in an increase in fear, and a frightened dog may become aggressive if pushed past their comfort level. Dealing with a Dog's Severe Fear of Fireworks: In the case of severe phobia, nothing may work to ease your dog's fear. If (Continued on Page 14) Charlestown 2013 Bunker Hill Day Parade Sunday, June 16, 2013 Your friends at the Post-Gazette NORTH END00 )wned and operated by Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher, Post-Gazette Quality Printing for all your Commercial and Personal Needs Stationery, Business Qrds * Menus * Flyers] Vrogr00m Wea00g r00v00ta00on00 Announcements ,, Business Forms and Documents ] COMPETITIVE PRICES 617-227-8929 . . .(photos by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography)