Crack, Boom, Pop: Helping Your Dog Cope with His Fear of Loud Noises

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Have you ever been quietly reading a book or just hanging out with the family inside when the ear-piercing crack boom of lightning bolt strike in your backyard makes you nearly jump out of your skin?

That booming sound sends your heart racing but only for only a brief moment because you recognize the sound or a thunderstorm. Unfortunately, not everyone in your house might calm down afterward.

Many dogs may experience fear and develop phobias of loud noises including fireworks, rolling thunder, or even the vacuum. Your dog may develop these fears because he doesn’t understand the science behind what causes loud noises as we do. There are a few tips and tricks, fortunately, for helping your four-legged friend cope with loud noises.

Most of us check the forecast and can see a thunderstorm coming. When you can anticipate a storm try to be home and available for your dog and distract him with playtime before he has time to get upset or scared. During playtime, always use positive, happy language and reward your friend with treats and love for focusing on your rather than the storm. But if he’s getting too scared, stop playtime and do your best to comfort him. You don’t want him to associate a game with loud noises or fear.

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