Dogs and fireworks

How to help your dog scared of loud noises?

Help your dog cope with thunder storms and fireworks

dogs and fireworks

See how ADAPTIL helped Finley cope with his fear of fireworks and loud noises

How To Help Dogs Scared Of Loud Noises


Use ADAPTIL Calm to comfort your dog during loud noises

  • Clinically proven to help reduce signs of fear and anxiety during loud noises
  • Releases “comforting messages” to create a safe and secure environment at home
  • Improvements seen within the first 7 days
  • Use continuously for at least 1 month
  • Available in Diffuser and Collar formats for constant calming

Create a safe haven in your home

  • Fill your dog's favorite space with comfortable blankets and bedding to help them feel safe and secure
  • Make your dog’s space comfortable by including their favorite toys or other distractions

Prevent escapes

  • Keep your dog indoors, in a secure area where your dog won't get loose and run away if scared
  • Choose a quiet, internal room where you dog won't get loose and run away if scared
  • Ensure all gates and fences are secure
  • Check that your dog's identification is up-to-date (e.g., name tag, microchip) so you can be quickly reunited if your dog escapes

Keep the “big bang” away

  • Keep your dog safely inside during fireworks and thunderstorms
  • Close all curtains, windows and doors
  • Turn on the TV or radio to help mask the sound
  • Provide toys and distractions

Be a friend

  • Try not to leave your dog alone during loud noises
  • Don't punish your dog if they act out – this will only make your dog more distressed
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We recommend:

ADAPTIL Calm Home Diffuser

If your dog has issues with loud noises mostly at home

ADAPTIL Calm On-The-Go Collar

If your dog is scared of loud noises even outdoors

Tips to help your dog cope with fireworks and thunderstorms

It is very common for dogs to be sensitive to loud noises, including fireworks and thunderstorms. While a certain degree of fear during big bangs is normal to keep dogs away from danger, if this fear gets worse it can become very stressful and unhealthy for you and your dog.

How will you know if your dog is afraid of loud noises? Take a look at their behaviour. Your dog will try to tell you that they are nervous or afraid with their body language.

Signs to watch for include:

  • ears back
  • excessive panting
  • drooling
  • shaking or trembling
  • hiding
  • barking excessively

Knowing your dog’s triggers and the signs of fear and anxiety are important for good pet ownership.

So what can you do?

If you plan well in advance, you can help your dog tolerate loud noises with a gradual desensitization program. For example, exposing your dog to sounds of fireworks or thunder storms, day after day, increasing the volume progressively, and rewarding your dog when he manages to calm down.

This can take quite a long time, so it's best to start working on sound desensitization long before or after firework and thunderstorm season. 

A few days before anticipated events, there are still many things you can do!

The best way to prepare your dog to cope with sound sensitivities is to think like a dog.

Your dog feels scared because they are alarmed by the loud noises of the fireworks or thunder, but they don't understand that these noises can't harm them. That’s why they feel safer when they have a hiding spot. You can help by making your dog a ‘safe haven’ or a ‘dog den’. If your dog already has a favourite hiding place then this space can be used making it as snug and secure for your dog as possible by adding blankets or bedding.

If you're making your ‘dog den’ from scratch, try to do this a few weeks in advance so that your dog knows it is a safe place when thunder storms and fireworks start.

Plugging in an ADAPTIL Calm Home Diffuser or fitting your dog with an ADAPTIL Calm On-The-Go Collar a few days before an anticipated event, such as a big storm or Canada Day fireworks, will help your dog relax and be better able to cope with the loud noises when they start.