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Loud noises can happen at any time of the year, but windows are open in the summer and sounds are more easily heard by everyone. Sirens, thunder, firecrackers and fireworks are all sounds that may scare a dog that is usually calm and secure.

Some dogs get very nervous when they hear fireworks or thunderstorms. Some may pace back and forth or panic and try to run away. Some dogs will dig holes or even throw up. It is up to you to help your dog feel safe and secure during times of loud noises.


Dog hiding in house

A dog that has her own doghouse and bed may get frightened. Your dog may need you to help her calm down.

Find a quiet place for your dog to feel safe and secure whenever there are loud, scary noises. You might even play some music. It may relax your dog and also drown out some of the noise.
Dog on comfortable bed


If your family goes somewhere away from home to watch fireworks, leave your dog home. You can have someone stay there with her. Or be sure to keep your dog somewhere she can't get out if she becomes frightened. Lock her in the house if there's a chance she could dig under or jump over the outside fence.
 family watching fireworks


Wolf and moon

Sensitivity Training

Here is something you can do to help your dog get used to loud noises before they happen. Sensitivity training means that you get your dog used to something a little at a time. If you and your parents follow the plan below, you might just get your dog used to loud noises and you won't ever have to worry about it again.

1. Buy a tape or CD of noises with thunderstorms and fireworks on it. Or record your own next time there are fireworks.

2. Play the recording in your house at a very, very low volume, almost unnoticeable to you. Remember that a dog has better hearing. Just play it and and go about your day. It should be low enough that your dog is not bothered by it.

3. The next day, if your dog did ok with number 2 above, raise the volume just slightly, and repeat the process. If your dog is still afraid, turn the sound back down.

4. Now, continue over many days to raise the volume on these noises and hopefully your dog will become desensitized or used to it.

Bailey, one of our 'How to Love Your Dog' dogs, was afraid of an electric piano. Yes, really! Because it was electric, I was able to turn up the volume gradually over many days. In a week, the piano could play full loudness and Bailey was no longer afraid!



Many loud noises happen at night. Thunderstorms can happen at any time. The best thing you can do to assure the safe return of your dog if he does get scared and run away, is always, always, always be sure your dog is wearing an ID tag with your name, address
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