Noise Phobia in Dogs

Noise Phobia

Noise phobia is a type of anxiety disorder that causes dogs to become fearful of loud noises, such as fireworks, thunderstorms, and gunshots.

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A puppy being socialized to loud noises during a socialization class.

Genetics

Some breeds of dogs are more prone to noise phobia than others.

Trauma

Dogs who have experienced trauma, such as being abused or neglected, may be more likely to develop noise phobia.

Causes 

Early experiences: Puppies who are exposed to loud noises without being properly socialized may be more likely to develop noise phobia.

Case study

This slide includes a case study of a dog named Buddy who developed noise phobia after being scared by a loud noise. Buddy would become anxious and destructive whenever he heard a loud noise, such as a thunderstorm or fireworks. 

Conclusion

Noise phobia is a common problem in dogs, but it is treatable. If you think your dog may have noise phobia, it is important to seek professional help.

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