I feel your pain. Roxxy, my 3 yo Vizsla, has always been terrified of fireworks. At our old house she would try to hide under tables, beds, in closets any where to get away from the noise while shaking uncontrollably. My poor baby. We felt so bad for her becuz of this we don't celebrate the 4th (and New Years Eve). We make into a movie night with popcorn n a few snacks for them. The weekend before the 4th of July, I tell DH to find a good (loud) action movie.
As soon as she hears a small noise of a firework, the sound could be very far away and we could barely hear it, her nose starts to twitch and her ears are pulled back - she's on high alert just waiting to hear more
and thats our cue for movie time.
Just like Whimsy's mom, we cuddle with all four dogs on the couch with blankets, with all the lights on, the AC turn up and the surround system up too to drown the fireworks. This has worked every year for us. We make sure Roxxy is in the middle of us; cuddling on her, petting her until she falls asleep.They are use to loud movie watching parties from us, so they all just fall asleep like normal; last year they didn't even notice the fireworks. Luckily this house has a basement (DH's man cave) and the outside noise are usually to a minimum anyways unlike our previous house which was one floor n had Very thin walls. We had to have movie night on the 5th too b/c people were still celebrating
. We try real hard to distract her. It was painful watching her shake and whine. On one New Years Eve DH was watching a movie while I was playing music (all in the same room) to drown out the midnight fireworks, we played games with the dogs n I "dance" with her to distract her. It works for us. She's actually gotten better every year. I doubt she will ever get use to them, she very skittish when it comes to noises. I usually try to tire them out during the day too which helps with them falling asleep faster.
The fireworks have never bother Canela and Hunter. They'll bark but ignore it after awhile. This year was Vino first 4th of July, he did bark b/c the others bark but nothing major.
side note - Vizslas are known to be gun-dogs. DH has a bunch of guns, rifles, BB guns and uses our backyard and garage for small target practice range (he uses blanks and dogs are no where near) I think its weird how Roxxy won't react to sound of a bullets or shots but will go ballistic with firework