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  • How to Address Dog Thunder Phobias

    Thursday, July 20th, 2017, 2:21 am

    When we think about summer, we often imagine our dogs swimming, playing outside, or just hanging out with the family on the patio. Unfortunately, our pets may have different ideas about what the summer months entail. With frequent loud noises, such as thunder or fireworks, summer can actually be a scary time for our canine friends.

    It's pretty common for dogs to develop sound phobias, particularly to thunder or fireworks. If your dog is scared of these sounds, they may pace, bark, pant, or even try to hide. Knowing why your dog is acting like this and what you can do to help them feel more comfortable is incredibly important.

    How Did the Phobia Develop? 

    It may not always be clear why your dog is so afraid of loud noises like thunder or fireworks. However, if they've had a traumatizing experience as a puppy or sometime in the past, they may be more likely to act worried or agitated. Their fear of the noise may be associated with their fear of another loud item, such as a vacuum cleaner.

    Dogs may also be scared of these noises if they are not well socialized. If this is their first experience with such loud noises or they're not used to behaviors outside of their day-to-day lives, they may not handle fireworks or thunder very well.

    Treating Your Dog's Sound Phobia 

    If you want to properly treat your dog's sound phobia, you first need to know what is causing it. For dogs that simply aren't socialized, you can use CDs of thunder or fireworks to help your dog to become accustomized to the noise. CDs of calming music or softer noise can also be played during storms to help drown out the loud noises.

    If your dog has a more serious fear of thunderstorms or fireworks, you may want to look into stronger treatments and even medications. For severe phobias, an herbal remedy or prescription medication may be necessary to create a comfortable environment for your dog.

    For additional help getting your dog through their sound phobia, contact The Connected Canine. With dog training services in San Fernando Valley,we can help ensure a comfortable life for both you and your dog.

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