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Fourth of July with your Fluffy Friend.

Fourth of July with your Fluffy Friend.

With cookouts, fireworks, and an extra day off, we get to spend quality time with those we love. Show your pup some love by celebrating with them as well. If your dog is a homebody, you can still spend some quality time with them at home. If your dog prefers to get out and adventure, then we have some tips and ideas for that as well. The number one priority is making sure your dog stays safe. Make sure to have a fun time celebrating the fourth with your pooch, but make safety at the top of your checklist at all times.

Make frozen dog treats!

It’s hot in July! Show your dog you care by making cool refreshing peanut butter and banana treats or try these pupcicles. Your dog will be wagging his tail and begging you for more. Both of these recipes have been tested by dogs, and we’re sure your dog will be more than happy and begging for more.

Peanut Butter & Banana Treats

Dress them up in a bandana, hat or t-shirt!

Every single American is decked out in red, white, and blue on the fourth. Make sure your dog matches your festive fourth attire as well. Not only will they look patriotic, but you’ll get the chance to capture that all star Instagram photo matching your dog.

Dog sporting a bandana

Paint their nails!

If your dog isn’t much into dressing up, you can always paint their nails. Your dog will be rocking a fresh coat of polish and will look just as festive with a bright, fun color of polish on their nails.

Dog with nails painted pink.

Take them to a nursing home or assisted living center.

Many people don’t have family around them on July fourth, and this is a great way to bring joy to someone’s life! Hospitals are great places for dog therapy as well. Brighten someones day and give back to the community by letting your dog interact with those who don’t get much interaction on an average day. Make sure to check with the nursing home or assisted living center before going regarding their dog policy.

Therapy dog

Take them to a dog friendly Fourth celebration.

Check on the policy of different fourth of July events. Chances are, most of them do allow dogs. Let your dog tag along with you, your family and friends to a fun fourth of July celebration. It’ll be a good time for everyone involved!

Celebration with Fireworks

 

Go swimming with your dog or set up the sprinkler.

Let your dog take a dip in the pool while you get a nice sun tan. Throw a water proof toy in the water for your dog to retrieve, and just relax and enjoy the sun.

Dog swimming

Play games! Frisbee, fetch, nose work games, and teaching them a new trick are all fun activities!

Let your dog run around with a frisbee or a ball. Your dog will be grateful for the chance to enjoy the sunshine and to run around with their favorite toy.

Dog playing frisbee

Be safe!

Many dogs are afraid of fireworks, and for good reason. With sensitive hearing, the fireworks are LOUD and sudden noises are scary to most dogs. Make sure you have taken precautions to protect and comfort your dog while fireworks are going on.

Fireworks

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to contact us here at Ruffger’s. Have a fun time celebrating the fourth with your loved ones, and be safe.

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