Nov 17
dog hiding in the sofa

7 ways to help your pooch with noise phobias and anxiety

  1. Provide a safe spotWatch your dog during a storm- is there a place or room they like to hide in? This is where they feel safest and would be the best area to confine them in. Confining them somewhere where they don’t feel safe can lead to increased anxiety, fear, and injury.
  2. DesensitiseThis aims to reduce your pups sensitivity to the sound. Try a noise recording CD or even some type of white noise when they are calm, starting low and slowly increase the volume with time. Reward your pooch with treats or petting when they are showing signs of confidence and noise tolerance.
  3. Counter conditioningSounds complicated but it’s really not, basically you are trying to do something that your pooch loves (car ride anyone?) at the time of the storm or noisy event so that they start to associate the storm with positive feelings.
  4. PheromonesA mimic of the happy dog pheromone known as dog appeasing pheromone. Available as collars or diffusers, helps calm many dogs.
  5. Peppermint extractIt’s claimed that the intense smell is so distracting to the dog that they can’t focus on anything else! Only the extract and 1 drop on each paw pad.
  6. GarmentsProducts like a thunder shirt. They apply gentle, constant pressure that is shown to be calming similar to swaddling an infant.
  7. Seek veterinary adviceHaving a dog that suffers from a noise phobia or anxiety can all be too overwhelming- and some cases will only respond to medications, seek veterinary advice to get an action plan in place for your fur baby, neither of you should suffer through a storm.

For specific advice for your mate, go to https://www.vetchat.com.au/book