Is Your Dog Afraid of Fireworks?

Bottom Line.

It is natural for dogs to be afraid of loud noises, their acute hearing makes them more sensitive to the sounds of fireworks than you are. The sounds trigger their nervous systems, and they can become anxious or afraid.

Tell me more.

This festive season, the noise and unpredictability of fireworks leads many dogs to perceive them as a threat. This triggers their fight-or-flight response. Your dog may bark at the noises or try to run away and hide. They may show other signs of anxiety, too, like restlessness, panting, pacing and whining. This signifies an increase in heart rate, a rush of adrenaline, and an increase in stress hormones circulating through the body.

What you can do.

Create A Safe Place – Give your dog a safe indoor space to go when he’s scared. If he’s crate-trained, he probably already feels safest there. 

Close the curtains – The bright, flashing lights of fireworks can also cause alarm. Your dog might feel more secure if you shut the blinds, curtains, or drapes.

Keep Them Inside – Even if your dog spends most of his time outdoors, bring him inside during firework displays. This will prevent him from running away when he feels scared, which can put him in danger.

Desensitize – Start working with your dog in advance to desensitize him to fireworks and other loud noises. You can start this process by playing fireworks sounds found on Youtube on a low level while playing with your dog and giving him treats. Over time, slowly increase the sound of the fireworks during these play sessions. Eventually, your dog will associate the sound of fireworks with happy and fun moments.

Try a Dog Anxiety Vest – Much like wrapping a baby in a cloth helps calm them, a snug garment that puts gentle pressure on your dog’s torso can reduce fireworks anxiety.


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