Dogs are built with a natural response to avoid dangerous situations. In the wild, dangerous situations are often signaled by a loud sound. However, in a domestic life, sounds often do not pose the same threats. When you know the signs of an irrational noise phobia, it is easier to help your dog live more comfortably.
What is Noise Phobia?
Noise phobia, also known as canine noise aversion, is a form of canine anxiety. It appears as an excessive fear of a sound. Owners with noise phobic dogs have noted that their dogs will do anything to avoid or escape this sound. In many cases, this fear is irrational; many sounds like fireworks and storms do not pose a threat to your furry friend. Their response is misguided and may cause severe, unnecessary stress.
Dogs with noise phobia can develop a fear of any sound, from loud fireworks to the creak of an old door. Because thunderstorms and falling rain are such a common trigger of noise phobia, many owners mistake their dog’s anxiety as a fear of rain or water. Noise phobic behavior includes hiding, chewing, panting, drooling, urination, defecation, shaking, and barking.
There are some ways to alleviate noise phobia at home. Many pet owners cradle or pet their dogs during an anxious episode. While this may be comforting, it can actually exacerbate cases of noise phobia. Instead, start by coaxing your dog into a darker, quiet area of your home. Either leave them alone to calm down or sit silently by them.
Dogs with noise phobia or anxiety sometimes respond well to gently applied pressure. If you have a big dog, try learning gently against them. This only works for some dogs; if your dog grows more anxious, do not continue. If noise phobia is a recurring issue for your dog, invest in a weighted body wrap like the Thundershirt. This is essentially a weighted blanket for dogs and can alleviate their stress.
You should consult a veterinarian if you notice a significant change in your dog’s behavior. Dogs with noise phobia or anxiety may become aggressive or continuously anxious. This causes undue stress on your dog and your entire household. Although there is no specific cure for noise phobia, your vet will be able to suggest treatment to alleviate the problem. Common treatments include behavior modification, environmental controls, and medication. Your vet may prescribe anti-anxiety drugs, antidepressants, or tranquilizers, depending on the specific situation
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