Dogs Fearful of Noise
A recent Veterinary School study at The University of Bristol
is shedding new insights into how dogs react to noise when
What the study revealed:
Almost half of the owners said their dog showed fear when exposed
to noises such as fireworks, thunder and gunshots, but only a
quarter said their dog was actually 'fearful' of noises.
The most commonly reported behaviors included vocalizing,
trembling/shaking, hiding, and looking for (specific) people.
Responses to fireworks and other loud noises such as gunshots
and thunder were also common.
Other behaviors may also indicate fear but may not be recognized
as such, including: decreased activity levels, salivating,
urination, and destructive acts.
These behaviors are sometime overlooked as they make some owners
angry, making it hard to see them as a result of being fearful.
The research further revealed that a dog's early life experience
is an important factor in the development of fear responses to
specific loud noises.
BUT less than a third of owners sought professional treatment for
their pet's fearful response to noises."
So a puppy's early life is formative of future behavior, similar
to what experts say about children. If puppyhood was not a positive,
healthy, well socialized experience...the future may be less than
balanced...and fearful responses may be one result.
Help is Available
It is important to note that help and treatment is available and
effective in dealing with fears of loud noises. END sciencedaily.com
If your dog demonstrates fear of noises, speak to your veterinarian
or friendly local dog trainer. Ask for a referral to a canine
behavioral specialist who can help your dog and you resolve the
A fearful dog may bolt and run, get lost, injured, hit by a car,
stolen or worse.
Take the time and steps to protect your best friend...you'll be glad
you did. And she'll be all the happier for it as well