Why Is My Dog ​​afraid Of Fireworks?

Fireworks are common throughout the year at all kinds of festivities, but perhaps especially on New Year’s Eve. Many dogs are afraid of the sound of fireworks and try to hide as best they can.

New Year’s Eve is fast approaching, and with it all the cool fireworks. But there are also those who abhor such days. One such example is John. His dog is afraid of fireworks, and during last year’s celebration he ran away completely confused and was gone for a couple of days. So in this article we are going to tell you about some things you should keep in mind if you ever need to calm your dog down.

Those of us who have pets at home know that dogs can be afraid of the sound of many different things. It can be anything from thunder to violent storms, fireworks, motorcycles and so on. Actually anything that howls, noises or thunders can affect the behavior of some animals.

We must try to understand why they are hiding under the bed or in the bathroom. Or why they take a big shot up in your lap – and at the same time tear you apart with their lovely claws.

You may not know this, but in the dog’s natural environment, loud noises are a sign of danger. Therefore, the dog’s instinctive brain is also genetically predisposed to escape and protect itself.

Regardless of whether the dog is tame and born and raised in a city, the  dog still instinctively protects itself immediately when it hears a loud noise.

Phonophobia: being afraid of fireworks

Phonophobia  (a fear of loud noises) is something you gradually develop and it can have its roots in several different factors. It is not uncommon for a dog to be afraid of loud noises. There are also many people who are moved by loud noises. But the problem for animals is often how their humans react when confronted with these sounds.

There are two things that can trigger a phonophobia:

  • Genetics:  Some dog breeds are more shy, scared or sensitive than others.
  • A learned behavior:  A dog may feel its owner’s fear and conclude that something is wrong.

In addition to the instinct to escape, the biggest risk with a dog who is afraid of fireworks is that they get a subsequent feeling of wanting to destroy things or escape. In the first case, they may destroy everything in their path. in the latter case, they become confused and may run away from home.

This is how you do it so that your dog will not be afraid of fireworks

Even 3 out of 10 dogs may experience phonophobia, so here are some tips that may help you:

Create a safe space

This space should be a place where the dog can hide during episodes of loud noises. The space must be small and as dark as possible, a bit like a cave. For this purpose, you can, for example, use a cardboard box, or a dog cage. Some owners also leave their dogs inside the bathroom, with the lights off.

It is important that your dog can move freely through the safe space. Therefore, make sure that the door is not completely closed, so that the dog does not become too stressed or think that it is closed.

Inside the space, you can  place the dog’s bed or favorite blanket  so they feel comfortable near their favorite things. If the space is easy to move, you can place it in a quiet corner of your house – as far as possible from the street or what is causing the noise. The room at the far end of the house is always the best option.

Stay calm

You should keep in mind that if the dog feels that you are calm, then it is probably also calm. But if you get upset, the dog will probably also think that something is wrong and become more upset and scared. Do not quarrel with the dog and do not shout  when it is hiding. Keep in mind that animals always act on instinct, it’s that simple.

Also, do not change your mood or start wandering around the house. Try not to shout or act in any way that could make the dog think you are in danger. Just continue as you would if there was no thunder or other noise.

Play with your dog

A good way to get the dog to think about other than stormy nights and other noisy events is to spend time with it and not focus on the noise. You can, for example, throw balls or sticks with each other.

Another option is to give the dog a toy with a different sound or to hide something that it really, really likes. This can make them associate the oh-so-scary noise with something positive like a game, and thus are no longer afraid. 

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