At least one-third of dogs experience noise aversion, fear, and anxiety when they hear loud noises, including fireworks, leading to stress, distress, and potentially destructive behavior. Statistics show that at least 40% of dogs suffer from noise phobia, including fear of thunderstorms, blowers, electric drills and even hair dryers. But experts said the noises were relatively constant, while the fireworks were so sporadic it was unexpected.
While some dogs start shaking and hiding when fireworks start, others cannot be overwhelmed by loud noises. Some pets go to great lengths to hide, others get scared and run away, and the general anxiety caused by unexpected loud noises can have lasting effects on the animals. As a dog owner, there are a few things you can do to improve your pet’s comfort and minimize the adverse impact of fireworks.
If you know your dog is afraid of fireworks, you can help them plan and take steps to make them feel calm, safe, and secure. If your dog is terrified of fireworks, seek the advice of a qualified animal behaviorist who can develop a specific program to help your dog in collaboration with your veterinarian. Of course, not all dogs are afraid of fireworks, but it’s important to remember that your dog will receive signals from you.
It may eventually develop firework anxiety if you make a big deal out of it when it’s not afraid. Even if your dog is comfortable with sounds from your playlist, it’s possible that listening to real fireworks can be stressful.
Don’t calm your dog or “baby” if he shows signs of stress during fireworks. When you notice a firework-terrified dog that is trembling or having other strong reactions, consider staying close to him, petting him, and offering other physical means to calm his fears. In the weeks or even months before the fireworks season, you can help your dog get used to loud noises by training him to hear fireworks. Training your dog to the sound of fireworks takes time and patience, so follow our instructions in the form below.
Also, turn on the TV or radio (high volume) to reduce the chance of your dog hearing fireworks outside. Because flashing lights can scare dogs just as loudly as loud noises, be sure to close all curtains and blinds in the house and turn on all lights in the room.
How to Protect My Dog from Fireworks
This will make the fireworks less visible to your dog. In addition to this, when there are fireworks, make sure your dog is fed and walked before it gets dark; they may begin to associate darkness with fireworks and become more aware of noises, just like after watching a horror movie, you notice every noise in your house.
Take your dog outside to go to the bathroom just before it gets dark before people start lighting fireworks. You will avoid fireworks at night, and exercise will help tire your dog faster. If you do this on the afternoon of July 4th, it will tire your dog out and make it less likely that he will overexert himself later if/when he becomes stressed by the sound of the fireworks.
If your dog needs to go outside, Kratt recommends taking a long walk before the fireworks tire him out and allowing him a better night’s sleep or rest. Also, Kratt recommends leaving pets at home if you plan to see fireworks.
Not only are pets over-excited by crowds, but fireworks can damage their sensitive ears and cause fear, he said. So it’s essential to monitor your dog closely to see if fireworks cause behavioral changes that could signify that he’s afraid. Dogs have ten times more sensitive hearing than humans so fireworks can create a certain level of anxiety, stress and fear in your dog. Show Caption Hide Caption 4 Tips to Calm Down Your Dog During July 4th Fireworks Dogs and other pets have such good hearing that they don’t like fireworks.
Noise on a June night startled Raju when the dog was playing in his yard in South Carolina. The owners played with the dog when the fireworks began, offered treats, and expressed positive emotions.
Dogs that were counter conditioned were, on average, 70% less frightened by fireworks than dogs that weren’t. In several noises fear response studies, researchers have found that breed, age, gender, reproductive status, length of time with the owner, and early exposure to certain loud sounds influenced how dogs react to sounds such as fireworks. Radosta said that while some symptoms of distress in dogs, such as drooling, shaking, disruptive behavior, self-harm and hiding, maybe temporary, the overall physical impact of loud noise can significantly change a dog’s behavior. So… if your dog is stressed or acting traumatized before, during, or after fireworks, be sure to follow the tips above.
Below are some reasons why dogs are afraid of fireworks, as well as ways you can help reduce your dog’s fears and calm them down. The loud and unexpected sounds of fireworks, while enjoyable for humans, cause stress and anxiety for many dogs. Many animals, especially dogs, are mortally afraid of the pops, whistles and roar of fireworks. However, there are several ways to reduce the noise and fear of fireworks in dogs and cats.
In some pets, especially dogs and cats with particularly sensitive ears, the sound of fireworks can trigger a strong fear response. Up to 20% of dogs are afraid of noise, and even pets afraid of thunder are afraid of fireworks. It is estimated that 45% of dogs in the UK show fear when they hear fireworks. Before addressing the issue of noise, it’s helpful to understand why many dogs go crazy when fireworks go out since physical proximity to fireworks isn’t as crucial to your safe dog as being able to do so. Hear them explode nearby.
Dogs and Fireworks
But what makes some dogs so sensitive to fireworks while others don’t blink remains a mystery. Because some dogs have such a visceral reaction to fireworks, it’s reasonable to assume that loud pops and pops can hurt a dog’s sensitive ears. While loud noises cannot damage your dog’s hearing, except when they are near loud firework explosions, the sensation of pain can increase your dog’s fear and anxiety around fireworks, making these parties an even more unpleasant sensory experience.
No dog owner wants their precious companion’s ears to be hurt when the fireworks are gone. There are earmuffs explicitly made for dogs, and while they’re usually designed to protect a dog’s ears from the cold, they can effectively suppress the sound of fireworks.