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Scout is ready for Independence Day festivities with in his red, white and blue top hat! The adorable 2-year-old mixed-breed dog, who is a member of the AKC Canine Partners program, shares life with Sarah Rose Stewart of Jacksonville, FL, and holds the AKC Canine Good Citizen title!

Holidays are a great to spend extra time with your dog, but keep in mind that some festivities can be distressing to your canine buddies.

Dogs can be startled by the loud noise of fireworks. Once the festivities begin, keep your pet in a safe room where he can feel comfortable. If he is crate trained, put him in his crate covered with a blanket to make him feel secure.

Block outside sights and sounds by lowering the blinds and turning on the television. Play soothing music in the background to counteract the cacophony during the “rockets’ red glare.

For more information on helping your dog with fear of fireworks, storm noises or any loud noises that they find scary, listening to the podcast “Noise Phobia in Dogs” from the AKC Canine Health Foundation Health-E Barks podcast series.  Access the podcast.

For more information on the AKC Canine Partners community for all dogs, including mixed-breeds and rescues, look here.