7 Sounds That Terrify Your Dog

sounds that terrifies dogs

Just like humans, dogs don’t like lots of loud noises. The ears of a dog are far more sensitive than those of people, so some noises may seem a lot louder to them than they do to us.

Amazingly, dogs can hear sounds that are four times farther away than a human being can hear.  They can also hear pitched sounds that humans can’t, and they can detect a frequency range of 67-45,000 Hz, compared to the human range of 64-23,000 Hz. This means that a clap of thunder sounds much louder to them than it does to us.

Almost all dog owners will have seen their precious pooch cower in fear when a certain noise is made. It’s terrible seeing your poor little dog looking terrified, especially when we can’t do much about the noise that’s causing their distress. By understanding which are the most common sounds that dogs don’t like, we can better support them when they happen.

1. Fireworks

Fireworks are one of the most commonly known noises that scare dogs. As fireworks are essentially just a series of loud bangs, whizzes and crackles, it’s no wonder these strange noises frighten our dogs. Firework displays often last long into a dark night and will be set off on special holidays; so, it’s easier for us to troubleshoot when it will happen and support our dogs through it.

There are a few things you can do to ease your dog’s fear and stop them from suffering as much. Begin by stocking up on some of your dog’s favorite treats to help distract them from the sound.

Then make sure that all of your windows, blinds, and drapes are tightly closed. Have a few blankets to hand for your pooch to snuggle into and give them lots of hugs and attention throughout the evening.

You can also speak to your vet or local pet store about calming scented products they have, that help calm pets during difficult times.  

 2. Vacuuming 

A lot of dogs seem to be really confused as to the purpose of a vacuum cleaner, and the noise and suction action they make can send them into a frenzy of fear!

Some dogs will run and hide when the vacuum comes out, whereas other dogs may begin barking and even biting at it. The best thing to do when vacuuming, is to place your pooch in your yard, or if that isn’t possible, into a room in the house, farthest away from the area you are vacuuming.

3. Bubble cushion wrap

It may be the crackling sound of the plastic, or the repetitive pop when you squeeze it, but whatever the reason is, there are so many dogs that really hate bubble cushion wrap.

If you’ve ever noticed your pooch cowering in a corner when you unpack a parcel, then try opening your packages in a room, tucked away from where your dog is.

You should also make sure to dispose or store any bubble cushion wrap in a closed cupboard up high, so that your dog won’t accidentally stumble across it and get a fright.

4. Balloons

It’s common for dogs to feel uncomfortable around balloons, they don’t much like the static that comes off them, and just like humans, they don’t like balloons popping too near to them. If you are throwing a party or celebration, consider your dog’s feelings, and think about using decorations that don’t involve balloons.

5. Thunderstorms

As we mentioned before, a dog’s hearing is almost four times as amplified as humans. Thunder sounds a lot louder to them than it does to us, so it’s no wonder they are terrified of it. Similar to when there is a firework display, close all the windows and drapes, and snuggle up next to your dog. Give them lots of love and attention and talk softly to them until the storm passes.

6. Sirens

Any kind of siren used by an emergency service can set your dog off. Whether it’s a police siren, or that or an ambulance or from the fire department; most dogs do not like this sound. Thankfully, as these brave heroes are off to an emergency, the noise of their sirens is often fast and fleeting, and over pretty quickly.

7. Laundry washing machine

The older the washing machine, the louder the noise it makes. However, it isn’t often feasible to simply buy a new one! Instead, think about putting the laundry on and then taking your dog out for a long walk for the duration of the wash. That way, the load of clothes will be finished by the time you return home, and your dog won’t ever know it was switched on.

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