Noise Phobia in Dogs

  • Noise phobias are common in dogs, particularly around certain times of the year, such as bonfire night 

  • It is always important to remember that a dogs hearing is a lot more sensitive compared to ours

  • A dogs noise phobia can be addressed at any age 

 

If your dog has a noise phobia they may 

  • Hide away

  • Cower and tremble

  • Toilet in the house 

  • Bark

  • Seek your attention 

 

Noise phobias most commonly result from a bad experience or a lack of exposure to loud noises when a dog is young. You can use a playlist to get your dog used to these sounds when they are young. That said, these symptoms can be caused by pain so it is important to consult your vet. 

 

Symptoms of noise phobia may deteriorate with time so the earlier you contact your vet the better. Always try to stay calm if your pet is displaying signs of a noise phobia and positive reinforcement is beneficial to help your pet feel more confident. 

 

Your vet may advise the following 

 

  • Referral to a behavioural specialist: a behavioural specialist will be able to assess your animals symptoms and discuss the best way forward to manage and improve your dogs noise phobia 

  • Nutraceuticals and pheromones: the use of pheromones and nutraceuticals can be beneficial to many animals and has few side effects. Discuss this with your vet and they may be able to suggest a variety of options. 

  • Medication: there is also a range of medications your vet may be able to prescribe, these are often used to modify behaviour. Depending on the severity of your dogs symptoms, they may be used as a one off or may need to be used more frequently.