to End Your Dog’s Fear of Loud Noises
If your dog has a fear of loud noises you
can help her defeat the fear with a little patience and calm behavioral modification techniques.
Sherry Woodard, dog trainer and consultant
for the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, says that the following technique is especially useful.
- She suggests getting an audio of the
loud noises that your dog has the most fear of. Play the audio at low volume so that your dog will hear the
sounds but not be frightened by the normally accompanying loudness.
Do things to divert her attention while the
audio is playing. You can play with her, pet or brush your dog while the audio plays.
Once your dog becomes accustomed to the
sound or noise which has previously invoked fear you can adjust the sound level up a bit so that she gradually
hears the sound at higher levels.
By doing this over a period of several days
your dog will be able to end your dog's fear of loud noises.
- Calm your dog by talking to her. If your dog has a fear of loud noises that are produced by the
sound of clanging garbage cans for example, stay with her when the trick comes and calmly talk to
her. Just don’t make too much of a fuss or
she will associate your attention with the noise and the fear of loud noises will be
- The Cave is really a crate- We adopted a dog that had been abused and was frightened of any noise
above a whisper. Shaking and quivering, this little Chihuahua mix would run and hide when the doorbell rang. To overcome her fear
of loud noises we left a crate in the living room. When a loud noise produced fear, the little pooch would
run to the crate and calm down. Many dogs have a cave as safe haven instinct, from days in the wild 10,000
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Once the little dog had calmed down we would
sit by the crate and just let her feel our presence. No calling, no fanfare. She soon would emerge, reassured by
our presence. After a few weeks, she started running to us instead of the crate. She was no longer afraid of
- Cool as a Cucumber -Make sure never to show excitement or anger when your dog displays
fear of loud noises. The fear will only become more intense. Stay cool and calm. Your dog will react in kind.
- Nature’s help is OK, too-If all else fails you may want to consult with a holistic
veterinarian to determine if a natural supplement is available, appropriate for your dog, that will help
calm her and alleviate your dog’s fear of loud noises
Does your dog show a fear of loud noises
when thunder rolls, cars approach, or kids romp and yell in the yard? Does she run and hide when loud music is
playing? Whatever the problem, help is at hand.
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