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Six basic tips to protect your dog during Fleet Week

The start of October in San Francisco brings the sound of jet engines across our sky. If we have forgotten it is Fleet Week, our dog Cleo reminds us. She does not like the sound of July 4th fireworks, or F/A-18 Hornet jets.

Today and tomorrow, the planes will fly from about 1:00pm to 4:00pm to practice before the weekend festivities, in honor of Fleet Week. By lunch time, whether you are taking your dog out for a walk or not, every neighborhood will have heard the Blue Angels practice runs overhead. However much fun it is for you to see their amazing skill and aerobatics, it might be scary for your dog.

Here are some basic tips to keep your pet safe:

  • Have a quiet area indoors, where your pet can feel sheltered and safe.
  • Skip taking your pet outdoors during the exhibition.
  • Make sure your pet is microchipped & has ID tags on just in case they get away from you or the house (check to make sure your contact information is up to date!).
  • Never leave your dog outside even if they are not unattended or you have a high fence, a frightened dog can do incredible "how did they do that" things to flee anything that scares them.
  • If people come over with kids, even if your dog is normal fine with children, be extra careful. In a suddenly scary situation, your dog might react fearfully from the noise and accidentally harm the small child. It only takes a second of your eyes looking up towards the sky.
  • It may seem like a no-brainer, but please during the flyovers, this is not the time to be out with your dog, only to tie them up to a parking meter or hitch, in order for you to run into a store or to get coffee.

Here is more information on this year's Fleet Week schedule

Did we miss anything? Have any tips yourself? Please share in the comments!

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