Noise anxiety can cause real distress for your dog and should be taken seriously. On this site you will find useful information about the condition and how you can help. If you think your dog might suffer from noise anxiety, please talk to your vet.
Noise anxiety in dogs - Wait what, there's a treatment for this?
When life gets too noisy for our best friends, anxiety can result - and we should help them deal with it.
What is noise anxiety in dogs?
Up to 50% of dogs suffers from noise anxiety1
Dogs of any size, shape, or breed can react fearfully to loud noises such as fireworks, thunderstorms, or engine sounds. It is good to know that noise anxiety is not always related to the loudness of a sound. In milder cases a dog might simply feel distressed and uncomfortable. With severe noise anxiety the dog may panic, injure itself, or try to escape.
Noise anxiety in dogs is a serious condition that can get worse over time if it's not treated properly. Fortunately there are many ways to help your dog.
Recognize the typical fear behaviour
The signs of noise anxiety can vary from one dog to another. A severe case of noise anxiety is easier to detect than a milder one. In both cases the dog needs help and early recognition is essential.
What makes your dog afraid of noises?
Loud noises can scare dogs, but the initial triggering factor is not always that obvious. There are often several other factors involved. In all cases it’s important that any humans present behave normally during situations that trigger noise anxiety.
COMBINING MULTIPLE TREATMENT OPTIONS
Treatment options include environmental management and behaviour modification, as well as both medicinal and non-medicinal solutions. Early recognition is essential, and the best results are often achieved by combining different approaches.
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