It is natural for dogs to be afraid of loud noises. The sounds trigger their nervous systems, and they can become anxious or afraid. Running away from the noise is a survival instinct. Remember, to your dog, the experience of fireworks is different than other natural loud noises, like thunder.
Do not leave animals outside AT ALL for the next several days to eliminate panic and runaways. Go outside WITH your animals, stay with them and, if necessary, take them out on a leash, even in their own backyard. This is not about how humans see it. This is about how animals see it and, to them, it's terrifying, loud, unknown, smells dangerous (burning) and threatening. Even if it's not close by, animals' sense of smell and hearing is MUCH greater than ours.
If fireworks are close by or large enough, the concussive impact of the explosion can be felt by animals further increasing their fear. Animals will choose flight over fight instinctively so be certain they wear collars with tags showing CURRENT contact info!!!
Keep a TV on a station or show that is loud to drown out outside noises. We prefer a TV over music because the images can help to distract the dog and interrupt focus. Also, we carry something called a Happy Hoodie that is comfortable and can be worn over their ears.
A calming product called "July Third" is effective and herbal. There are several calming products that come in liquid tinctures, chewables, capsules and powders. Also, CBD oil for high high anxiety furr-kids. Find these at Tom & Hound (formerly Furry Face Downtown Redlands).
Crating is beneficial during this time because it helps the dog feel more secure.
Wrap a dog with an ace bandage but any tight t-shirt will provide that same hugged feeling, helping the dog feel more secure.
Photo Credit: Belma Moran