If you have a dog that is afraid of loud noises, you know how absolutely terrifying fireworks or thunderstorms can be for that dog. It is not uncommon for dogs to have a phobia of loud noises. If you are the lucky owner of a fearful Fido, there are some things you can do to ease his stress.
If you can, attempt to desensitize your dog to the sound of thunder and fireworks and other loud noises. You can do this by using a recording of a storm or a fireworks display.
Start out by playing the recording at a low level. When playing the recording you should give your dog a favorite treat or toy. As his tolerance for the noise increases, you can increase the volume. Continue to associate the recording with a treat or favorite toy. This may or may not solve the problem depending on your dog, but it is worth a try to ease the stress of your furry friend.
If you do not have time to try to desensitize your dog, there are other things you can do that can make him more comfortable.
Make sure your dog has a place to go during the fireworks or storms that will make him feel safe. This can be his bed in a favorite corner, his crate or even a blanket inside a closet.
Try to drown out the noise. Turn the sound up on the TV. Play soothing music. Make sure all windows and doors are closed.
If your dog is looking for your attention, give it to him. Sometimes all he needs is a comforting word and a soft hand from his favorite human.
There are also some natural calming remedies that may help your dog. Melatonin is natural and can be found over the counter and may help your dog calm his nerves.
If none of these methods are helping and your dog has a severe phobia of loud noises, you may want to talk to your veterinarian about prescribing an anti-anxiety medication for dogs.