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Noise anxiety can cause real distress for your dog and should be taken seriously. On this site you will find useful information about the condition and how you can help. If you think your dog might suffer from noise anxiety, please talk to your vet.

What is dog noise anxiety?

Up to 50% of dogs suffers from noise anxiety1

Dogs of any size, shape, or breed can react fearfully to loud noises such as fireworks, thunderstorms, or engine sounds. In milder cases a dog might simply feel distressed and uncomfortable. With severe noise anxiety the dog may panic, injure itself, or try to escape.

Dog noise anxiety is a serious condition that can get worse over time if it's not treated properly. Fortunately there are many ways to help your dog.

1) Blackwell et al 2013. Fear responses to noises in domestic dogs: Prevalence, risk factors and co-occurrence with other fear related behaviour. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 145 (2013) 15–25.

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Common signs

Recognize the typical fear behaviour

The different signs of dog noise anxiety can vary from one dog to another. A severe case of noise anxiety is easier to detect than a milder one. In both cases the dog needs help and early recognition is essential.

Owner seeking behavior / abnormal clinginess
Refuses to eat
Yawning
Panting
Hiding
Excessive vigilance / Hypervigilance
Pacing / restlessness
Trembling / Shaking
Vocalizing
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Triggers and causes

What makes your dog afraid of noises?

Loud noises can scare dogs, but the initial triggering factor is not always that obvious. There are often several other factors involved. In all cases it’s important that any humans present behave normally during situations that trigger noise anxiety.

Traffic
Vacuum cleaners
Construction work
Thunder
Fireworks
Gun shots
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Treatment options

COMBINING MULTIPLE TREATMENT OPTIONS

Treatment options include environmental management and behaviour modification, as well as both medicinal and non-medicinal solutions. Early recognition is essential, and the best results are often achieved by combining different options.

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