Dealing With Noise Phobias In Dogs This Summer

This post is sponsored by ADAPTIL®, but all thoughts, opinions, and cute pet photos are 100% my own.

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If you’re a dog owner, you may already have recognized that summer can be an anxious time for your pup.

July 4th has fireworks, and I can still hearing them going off through August sometimes around here. Even when you think you’re safe from fireworks noise, there are thunderstorms galore. I once heard a friend from California say she hadn’t experienced a thunderstorm in decades, but many of us do all along the east coast and beyond. Not only do we get them in the summer, but they can certainly happen in the spring or fall as well, and have you ever heard of thunder snow?

According to my local weatherman, that’s a thing as well! So. Many. Noises.

Every dog experiences noise differently. In my life, I’ve had dogs that bark at noises, dogs that hide from noises, and dogs that seem unaffected by noises. And I’ve seen a number of symptoms from noise phobia. My dog might pant or salivate a lot, bark, tremble, urinate, chew on things, or hide. Dogs may even run away when they’re scared. And they often react similarly to fireworks, thunderstorms, rumbling trucks down the street, etc. One thing I’ve learned is to not reward the noise anxiety. It’s tempting to want to pet her or give her a treat, but I’ve found there are other ways to calm noise phobias.

Got dogs? Summer, while fun for us, can be terrifying for our pets. Here are 5 tips to ease summer thunderstorm noise anxiety! #ad #AdaptilDog

First, I watch my dogs to see what they do during the noise. I give them them space in dark, quiet rooms and leave them alone to mellow out. If they don’t automatically head there on their own, I will often lead them to our bedroom and close the doors. If I do stay with them, I sit quietly with a book. Sometimes I play music on our smart device. With the puppy, I lead him into his crate (his safe space) and put a blanket over it. I only do that if he seems to want to go in there, which happens nine times out of ten. We learned in puppy school how to calm puppies with loud noises, and it’s a great exercise.

That said, summer can be unpredictable.

Since we sometimes get thunderstorms up to once a day in summer, we always keep ADAPTIL® for dogs at home, and in our suitcases when we travel. It’s a copy of the natural canine-appeasing pheromone that dogs know from birth, so it helps them feel more safe and secure in their surroundings. And it’s clinically proven* to help comfort and reassure dogs while they cope with challenging situations, and it helps reduce and eliminate unwanted behaviors caused by stress. ADAPTIL® is easy to use at home or on the go, and helps dogs feel more comfortable in their environment. That’s why it’s a must-have.

ADAPTIL® creates a state of familiarity and security, which helps to comfort and reassure dogs as they cope with challenging situations. It’s clinically proven to reduce or eliminate stress related behaviors, such as excessive licking, hiding, trembling, barking, destroying items, decreased appetite and house soiling. Use it for loud noises, travel, vet visits, and staying home alone. And it’s non-sedating and has no contraindications to use with any other treatments or conditions.

Before a thunderstorm, apply the spray to your dog’s favorite toy or bed. ADAPTIL® comes in several easy-to-use forms, like ADAPTIL® Travel Spray to apply to your dog’s bedding or toys and ADAPTIL® Calm On-the-Go Collar for traveling. There is also an ADAPTIL® Calm Home Diffuser.

To find ADAPTIL® near you, check it out here.

Remember, for all important questions concerning your dog’s behavior, ask your dog trainer and/or vet, especially when you’ve tried many methods to help soothe noise anxiety, and nothing seems to work.

Does your dog have noise phobia?

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  1. I always feel so bad when our dog gets scared. He was not happy with the 4th of July fireworks, but made it through ok. It is good to know that Adaptil is available to help them with the noises. I just love seeing your pups in my feed! 🙂

  2. I’ve never heard of this product before. Very interesting. My childhood dog used to run down to the laundry room and try to hide behind the washing machine. We always felt badly for, but often she wouldn’t let us hold her and comfort her. I always feel sad for pets and children who are unable to enjoy the peace of a rational explanation for something that seems (but isn’t) scary.

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