loud noises

The video below provides general advice for understanding why dogs become fearful of loud noises and what you can do to help them.  You can also download this explanation of noise phobias to discuss with your veterinarian. 


Signs your dog has a fear of loud noises

If you are wondering whether your dog is having trouble coping with loud noises, watch your dog for any of the symptoms listed below during noise events:

  • Trembling and shaking
  • Clinging to owners
  • Barking excessively
  • Cowering and hiding behind furniture
  • Trying to run away
  • Soiling the house
  • Pacing and panting
  • Refusing to eat

How to help dogs cope with a loud noise event

*Sheppard G, Mills DS, Evaluation of dog-appeasing pheromone as a potential treatment for dogs fearful of fireworks. Veterinary Record 152 (2003) pp 432-436. Landsberg G, Beck A. Effect of Dog appeasing pheromone collar on a model of sound induced fear and anxiety. Proc. of 9th Int'l Vet Behavior Meeting, 2013.

Talk to your veterinarian about additional options to help your dog cope with loud noises.

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