The dog is afraid of fireworks: Why and what to do?

For a long time, not a single holiday, be it New Years or birthdays, is complete without the use of firecrackers, firecrackers, and fireworks. However, not all pets react calmly to fireworks launch and other pyrotechnic devices. 

Often their thoughtless use leads to completely joyless situations: the dog not only can be scared, but also get injured or run away. For this reason, in order for the holidays to bring only positive emotions, you need to understand why the dog is afraid of fireworks and what can be done about it.

Article index

  • Causes of fear
  • What to do?
  • Memo to the owner

Causes of fear

The reason why a dog is afraid of firecrackers and fireworks is in his ears: a dog hears sounds 4 times louder than a person. Imagine how strong the explosion of a simple firecracker seems to a dog. The instinct for self-preservation forces the animal to quickly hide from the sound source.

Often, a fear of loud sounds is acquired. For example, if one day a dog was very frightened by something strong and sharp (storm, champagne cork, etc.), it is very likely that he is afraid of loud sounds during all his life.

In addition, the fear may be due to the increased sensitivity of the animal. In such cases, the dog may be afraid of even relatively quiet noises..

What to do?

When a dog is under stress, it seeks mainly the support of its owner. Therefore, you should always remain calm and have a good relationship with your pet. This will help the dog overcome the fear with little or no consequence..

In no case should you yell at your pet and scold him for his natural reaction. In a stressful situation, you should calmly pet him and talk to him.

Exists a technique to help train dogs to loud noises. Only a very experienced trainer will be able to train you in the right way, following an experienced trainer's guide. If the trainer acts badly, the results will be opposite and the dog will feel even more fear.

Memo to the owner

On vacation, animals experience great stress due to noisy companies, firecracker explosions and other unpleasant sounds for sensitive ears. It will be better if you stop using pyrotechnics, although many times it is not only up to you. Many people go out to celebrate in the street and there they throw Fireworks, volley after volley. It is not in your power to stop them, but you can make sure your pet is as safe and comfortable as possible during the holidays.

  1. If in a festive night goes for a walk and leaves the dog at home, it is necessary that the windows of the apartment are tightly closed. Do not close the doors of other rooms, this will allow her to choose the most comfortable corner herself. Do not forget leave your pet fresh water, you can still turn on melodic music, this will distract from the noise of the street;
  2. Can build a secluded house for your pet in advance, where your favorite toys will be. You can put something with your own scent there to make the dog feel calmer;
  3. If you are celebrating in a noisy company, make sure the dog has a chance to go to a secluded place if it feels uncomfortable;
  4. The most important thing is that you dog always have a token with the owner's nickname and phone number on the collar.

In any stressful situation for a dog, the most important thing is that its owner remains calm. The animals They do not understand the explanations, they feel and embrace our emotions, and it is in our power to calm them and make it clear that they are not in danger.

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