Tips for the 4th of July with Your Dog from Becky Hutchins and Van Allen Apartments

Posted by sunrise255 on June 29th, 2017

Is your Dog Afraid of fireworks?

Helpful Tips from Becky Hutchins and Van Allen Apartments

Van Allen Apartments FireworksDoes the sound of fireworks make your dog nervous? Here are some ideas that might help your dog be a little more comfortable on the 4th of July:

  • Make sure your dog has had plenty of exercise, gone potty, and eaten before the fireworks start! Your dog sure won’t want to go outside with the noise going on.
  • Thundershirts are a great option for some dogs! They fit very snug on your pup and give them a feeling of comfort. They can be purchased online, and some local pet stores carry them as well. Make sure you measure your pup to get the right size.
  • Some dogs like to have a special place to hide in your house. Find a comfortable spot, and you can add white noise with a fan or leave some music on to help your dog feel safe. Sounds may help soothe and cover the scary noises outside.
  • Some dogs have extreme fear and anxiety with loud noises to the point where they can be destructive or even hurt themselves. If that is the case, talk to your veterinarian and see if they have additional ideas to help your dog make it through the firework season.

Good luck enjoying the upcoming holiday to you and your four-legged friends!!!

About Becky


Becky has been professionally training dogs and people for more than a decade. She teaches classes at her training facility, Good Choice Dog Training, in Albany, NY. Becky is a certified knowledge-assessed professional dog trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and is an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She is also a member of the Association for Professional Dog Trainers.

Becky volunteers her time as a dog trainer with the Albany Damien Center’s PAWS program, helping clients with HIV/AIDS manage and care for their dogs, and also works with shelter dogs at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in Menands, NY. She also holds special classes for foster dogs in rescue from local rescue organizations

Becky has trained and competed with her own dogs in agility and obedience, earning multiple titles and awards. She currently has one Labrador retriever, two Cairn terriers, a Pitbull, and two cats. To contact Becky Hutchins, visit

About Van Allen Apartments

Van Allen Apartments offers luxurious living for you and the ones you love. The community boasts a clubhouse, swimming pool, and fitness club. Apartments feature oversized kitchen islands, granite countertops, and a balcony or patio to relax and enjoy your coffee.

More than pet-friendly, Van Allen is truly pet welcoming with no breed restrictions, a pet grooming center, dog parks, and a walking trail.

Your Amedore-built home is nestled in a large wooded area and managed by professionals of the highest caliber from Sunrise Management & Consulting.

For more information on Van Allen Apartments, please visit

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