Noise aversion, or the set of anxiety or fear-based behaviors displayed when subjected to “noise triggers”, is a common problem for dogs. In fact, in a recent survey, 67% of dogs exhibit at least one sign of noise aversion.
This fear of noises can negatively affect your dog’s quality of life. Noise phobias increase stress in dogs, which can lead to several problems, like diarrhea, destructive behaviors, and even self-injury.
Your dog might show you that they’re scared of noises in a variety of ways.
You may not recognize these behaviors as signs that your dog is frightened by the noise, so use this checklist to see if your dog suffers from noise aversion. Take it to your veterinarian so that your dog can be diagnosed and start to receive treatment.
If your dog typically gets scared during certain noise events (such as thunder or fireworks), you can proactively begin counterconditioning and desensitization training to help them get more comfortable and accepting of the sounds. Ask your veterinarian for help with implementing these techniques.
These recommendations will help you and your dog cope better during the noise event. But since noise aversion is itself a medical condition, your veterinarian, may also recommend medications to treat your dog’s noise aversion.
It is important to speak to your veterinarian about your dog’s noise aversion, because dogs do not outgrow this condition and without treatment, the signs can get worse or your dog may develop additional behavioral problems. Additionally, it is important to realize that while your dog is showing signs of noise aversion, they are experiencing something like a person having a panic attack. In other words, they are distressed and suffering. Although modifying your home and using behavior modification techniques can help, medication can be one of the most humane, easiest, and most effective ways to help improve your dog’s quality of life.
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