Scared of loud noises

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ann54, Jul 11, 2017.

  1. ann54

    ann54 New Member

    My 4 yr old Rayna is afraid of thunder and loud noises. Lately she just runs away. Living in the country she has always had the freedom to go in and out. Now we can't trust her to stay in the yard. Any suggestions on how we can help her? I hate to have to tie her up. Or keep her in the house. Thanks, Ann54
  2. LeonilKyle

    LeonilKyle Member

    destruction and escaping. The most common behavior problems associated with fear of loud noises are destruction and escaping. When your dog becomes frightened, she tries to reduce her fear. She may try to escape to a place where the sounds of thunder or firecrackers are less intense. If she feels less afraid by leaving the yard or going into a certain room or area of the house, then the escape or destructive behavior is reinforced because it successfully lessens her fear.
  3. summersnowbr

    summersnowbr Active Member

    For thunderstorm phobia, a dog can be taught to go to a “safe place” in the home or even possibly outside. For outside is there any way you can have a large dog house for her? Possible put things in it that are soothing for her. Do you have an old coat that would have your scent on it. Possibly put toys in there that she would like. Inside figure out what room she goes to when a thunder storm occurs then make that her safe place. Your dog is running away to find a safe place during the storm she needs a safe place to go to in your yard. Do you have a garage where you can attach a dog door for her to enter during a storm?
  4. Nancy Adams

    Nancy Adams New Member

    summersnowbr's suggestion is good, though just in case while you're still teaching him you should prolly get a dog gps tracker just in case he gets scared and runs away and gets lost.
  5. ann54

    ann54 New Member

    Thank-you all for your suggestions.
  6. LongCat

    LongCat New Member

    Oh, this problem is such known for us. We live not far from military shooting range and it's kind of nightmare for my dog. The same problem with thunders. Berner is 6 y.o. and we can't find out the solution by this time. The only thing we can do is to caress and calm down our dog.
    I've tried to shoot with non- lethal gun with a sound cartrige for some time, but this didn't help. I think, there is no solutioun, because it is some kind of phobia :(
  7. ann54

    ann54 New Member

    I ended up getting a product called, Naturally Calmer Dog, which is a combination of natural oils. It does help a little bit. We also put a gate on the deck so she can't get off the deck.(She could jump but she doesn't know it yet.) Only when thundering or hunting season. Other than that we just try to calm her down.
  8. Maee4ever

    Maee4ever New Member

    Benadryl is safe to give and helps our Berner during fire cracker season. Hope this helps

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