Fourth of July is approaching and it can be a day of torture for some dogs who have noise phobias. Unfortunately, it is not just fireworks that many dogs are afraid of. They can be afraid of thunder, or even the wind blowing, among many other noises. Dogs in general have better hearing than humans so even loud music at home or at an event could be uncomfortable for them. To help your dog cope or even overcome these phobias, here are some tips:
Get your pup outside for a potty break before the noise begins if possible. Especially with fireworks, they can be so afraid of the noise that they may refuse to go outside.
Find a comfortable place for your canine companion where he may naturally go to feel safe and comfortable. Play music or an audiobook to muffle some of the noise and soothe your dog.
Consider giving your dog a long-lasting food puzzle toy with extra special food in it just prior to the noise starting. We recommend a Kong filled with wet food and then frozen. That can last 20-30 minutes, easily.
For those really phobic dogs, ask your veterinarian for a dose of Sileo, a new drug for dogs with noise phobias. If they offer anything that begins with the word ‘Ace’ (Acepromazine) DO NOT use it. It will make your dog worse.
The best thing to do is to plan ahead by working with your canine companion to get comfortable with noises. You can get every noise possible on the internet. Play the sound softly and give your pup treats. Gradually make the noise a bit louder still giving him treats when he is not anxious or fearful. The goal is to change your dog’s emotional response to the noise to getting yummy treats. The more you can do this, the more your pup will be calm when the noises happen.