Fear of thunder and other loud noises
… You can help make sounds less scary to your dog…
Thunder, firecrackers, and other loud, out-of-nowhere sounds often leave dogs frightened and wanting to flee to a safer place.
These types of fears may develop even if your dog has had no traumatic experiences associated with the sound. Many fear-related problems can be successfully resolved. If left untreated, however, your dog's fearful behavior will probably get worse.
Outlet for anxiety: destruction and escaping
The most common behavior problems associated with fear of loud noises are destruction and escaping. When your dog becomes frightened, she tries to reduce her fear. She may try to escape to a place where the sounds of thunder or firecrackers are less intense.
For some dogs, just the activity or physical exertion associated with one of there behaviors may be an outlet for their anxiety. Unfortunately, escape and/or destructive behavior can be a problem for you and could also result inphysical injury to your dog.
Fear by association
For example, dogs who are afraid of thunder may later become afraid of the wind, dark clouds, and flashes of light that often precede the sound of thunder
Dogs who do not like the sound of firecrackers may become fearful of the children who have the firecrackers or may become afraid to go in the backyard, if that's where they usually hear the noise.
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