Our Call To Action For Overcoming Noise Phobias Now!

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Here’s your call to action! Fear responses to loud noises (“noise phobias”) come in many forms and as a result of a variety of triggers, from the vacuum cleaner to fireworks!My specialist area is fear responses, especially in relation to loud noises, and in this video Iā€™m going shares with you my big pet hate – The one thing that will always get me a little frustrated! To learn about fears to loud noises from the horse’s mouth, my big pet hate and my plan to make a change with your help to thousands and thousands of dogs across the world, watch this video!

  • Lia Walter Messner

    My yorki mix,Nina, is afraid of loud noises. The Thundershirt helps some.

  • Ellen Erickson

    Leo the Sheltie is noise sensitive, not only to fireworks and thunder but apparently to applauds after the run and other noises. I use ” thunderbones” marrow bones for thunder but would like to learn how to better associate all other loud noises with ” its a game, reward coming”

  • Debbie Dust

    Max is definitely sensitive to all kinds of loud noises – his coping strategy is barking

  • Tracey Pullinger

    My 3 year old border collie is fine with mound noises, but freaks at small quiet noises, the camera sound on phones,sneezing ,coughing, someone being quiet and suddenly speaking( just in a normal voice) I can’t do clicker training as the sound freaks him out.
    He dosent bark just runs round like crazy crying with his heckles up.
    Help?

  • Nikki

    I have two working cocker spaniels, and one is definitely affected by certain types of noise although gun shots and fireworks don’t seem to affect him at all! Can’t wait to see what’s to come!

  • Kathy Gray Hildreth

    Yes my Shelties are noise sensitive

  • Janine Redman

    One of my previous collies was initially scared of the clicker so we muffled its sound inside a cushion and worked from there. We desensitised to that but not to gunshots or thunder. In spite of the fact that we lived a half mile from the army ranges and she had been exposed to those noises from 7 weeks of age, about three she started to react to noises and continued till she went deaf at 13 years.
    One of mine now barks at thunder, learnt from my brothers Toller who does the same.
    The other is now worried about aircraft noises due to a sudden scare whilst in the Lake District when those low flying jets came out of nowhere and zipped past just above our heads on two consecutive days!

  • 3lynne_helm7

    My border collie has a few noise phobias, including motor bikes, thunder, the ding-dong of the ice-cream van and any sudden sharp loud noise. She is now 10 years old, some developed early in her life and some later.

  • Helen

    Neither of my dogs are afraid of thunder, or fireworks etc., but they are certainly not free of noise phobias. My kelpie is especially noise sensitive, well he’s actually a bit life sensitive haha. He’s ok with fireworks, but not the toaster. He’s ok with other dogs barking and the general ruckus of an agilty trial, but the buzzer on the gamble courses terrifies him. He used to be terribly afraid of the noise of the teeter, so I have done a lot of positive reinforcement work around that (bang bang game etc.), but it always feels like when one of his many phobia fades another one pops up in its place. I would love to hear about more solutions to noise phobia and phobias in general to help my little Rue.

  • Rose

    My border collie started shadow chasing at 12 weeks, it took me a long time to realise that noise sensitivity was playing a part. She runs frantically around with a ball in her mouth if a lorry rattles down the road, aeroplanes going overhead, drills, saws, the click of the washing machine door, rattling cutlery, blackbirds/ pheasants/ cockerels calling (also on TV) and many more. She is not too bad with gunshot and fireworks, the breeder played a tape. Unfortunately 3 days after I got her at 8 weeks next door suddenly started up a chainsaw which scared her, then followed with 9 months of building work. Grateful for any advice.

  • Yvette Marie

    One of my Aussies definitely fits into this as she has nose phobia. It’s thunder, fireworks and gun shots mostly but does react to other noises. I believe it started when we were in an area one weekend that had a terrible thunderstorm and the thunder in that area is extremely loud. We compete in agility and she was fearful of the “go” speaker and I was able to get her over that with success. I wish I knew how to help her through these other situations. One thing I don’t do is over react during those times.

  • Yvette Marie

    Noise not nose…darn phone.

  • Anna Lawrie

    3 of my 4 dogs are not at all noise sensitive. The youngest of the 4 will show some kind of fear response to something if she doesn’t understand what it is and will, bark, run towards me or both. There will also be a change in body language (her ears are carried differently, low tail carrige too) she does recover quickly and can become very relaxed again with confident support from me.
    I have noticed previous dogs who were not noise sensitive in their early years become gradually more noise sensitive in their mid to later years….eg. Sound of any car driving past the house triggers low grumbling growl and pacing behaviour. Not a fear response, but a response I don’t really want.

  • Eileen Bluett

    My German Shepherd is fine with fireworks, gunshot and thunder but really hates the food processor, barking and jumping up every time I use it. I only have to touch the goblet and he reacts even if he’s in another room. I get the impression that it’s the noise frequency that upsets him and hurts his ears. He doesn’t like electric power tools either but only if I’m using them which makes me think he might be trying to protect me.

  • Heather Preece

    My youngest dog is frightened of fireworks even those in the distance which we have to strain to hear, I’ve done lots of work with the noise cd’s etc and she isn’t bothered by them on tv. She trembles, pants and runs about the house. We’ve made dens for her and she has her crate but she won’t go in them. Do you think that the ‘artificial’ sounds do not replicate the real thing, not sure which way to progress.

  • Helen

    I have 2 border collies the oldest who is 12 in May but a very young 12 has a fear with car alarms even in the distance, fireworks and my hair dryer! The youngest one who is 2 1/2 has no fear. I have a thunder vest for my
    Older dog and that does help.

  • valerythompson

    Interesting to read about all the different sounds our dogs are afraid of. I have a Border Terrier with noise sensitivities. Thunderstorms, birds pecking on the metal flashing of the chimney, the sound the tv makes when switching from satellite to streaming (but not the noise of the ice/water dispenser switching modes which is similar), the teeter banging, and probably some others. We have worked thru the teeter banging and she tolerates it now. Some things are not so predictable, so I’m not sure how I would go about desensitizing them. Looking forward to hearing more.

  • K9Jessie

    My 11 year old Welsh Springer Spaniel barks at the vacuum cleaner. She’s also afraid of thunder and fireworks, but with her age-associated hearing loss those noises aren’t bothering her as much as they used to.

  • Lyn Palmer

    My Border Collie is noise sensitive to gunshot, fireworks and is not too happy when someone sneezes.Her coping mechanism is usually to go and hide.

  • Kate perry

    My young girl is noise and movement sensitive. The latter is good because she is so tuned in that her agility training is coming along well and she is very focused. Initially she spooked at any loud noise but she now ignores gunshot. Household noises are fine too. I gave her zylkene ( sept onwards) and that helped with fireworks until bonfire night when she was very agitated and shivery. She came onto the sofa with me and I wrapped her in my arms – no talking just holding — and she relaxed. Later I put a drying coat on her – quite tight lycra- and that helped too. A recent loud thunderstorm bothered her but she calmed by just being in the same room with me. My other 3 dogs are non sensitive.

  • Wendy C.

    My Jack Russell is very noise phobic. All the major loud noises but also barking noises on the television (but not lots of dogs barking at an agility show), noise of different cars coming down the Close we live in, gun shots and the local hall has regular shoots!!! She is even worse when in the car and becomes frantic if a motorbike draws alongside at traffic lights or even wagons. Very hard to live with as her first reaction is always barking at whatever has worried her.

  • Ruth Hambrey

    My Sheltie is fearful of many noises & they don’t always have to be loud. For some his coping strategy is barking, at times frantically, (e.g. thunder, fireworks, big vehicles passing the house, especially waste bin lorries, car doors, building repair noises, letter boxes, gunshots, strangers talking in neighbours’ gardens), For others he panics & tries to escape (road works machinery, big/noisy vehicles, e.g lorries, tractors, hail/heavy rain on some roofs, e.g. conservatory & corrugated roof at agility show, car engines starting up close to him). He’s better than he WAS with the vac & fireworks/thunder, having done some desensitisation work (tho’ not enough), & I successfully sorted out his reaction to a new dishwasher. Not sure if all these are purely fear-related! He is also movement sensitive. We are working on some of these things, & are making progress, thanks to Tom’s methods.

  • Anne Chapman

    Well I am certainly no stranger to the devastating effect noise can have on your dogs life. One of my collies Chloe sadly no longer with me was fearful of all loud noises such as fireworks, thunder , bird scarer, shooting, surround sound television sneezing etc . The only time she ever ran away was when I was out and not expecting any fireworks to go off . A few fire works did go off and she bolted . I was in a panic as I was at the stables where I kept my horse which was near a road . I finally found her holed up in a barn (thankfully) . As she aged she became less and less able to manage the fear by hiding , shaking , hair falling out of her coat , unable to eat etc that she ended up on Valium prescribed by the vet for the last few years of her life to be taken when required . I must say I did have to laugh when the vet said it will get easier as time goes by and her hearing deteriorates. This never happened . I never ever want another dog of mine to be so petrified of noise. So I am really looking forward to Toms continued blog on the subject .

  • Anthea Rocker

    Fifty percent of my dogs are noise phobic. My Irish Setter used to be terrified of fireworks and thunder but does not react so much now, but I put that down to her being thirteen and probably going deaf! Dylan used to be fine but when a gun was fired in a field right next to us when he was about seven, he became scared of loud noises and that has increased and not decreased since. Ponto doesn’t care about fireworks generally but occasionally will bark at an extremely loud bang but it has to be very loud. She doesn’t mind thunder and lightning. Bob doesn’t react to the fireworks or the thunder, and at the moment, doesn’t appear noise phobic at all, but I might have to watch out for other things as you said Tom.

  • LynnScholtz

    Hi Folks
    I have two severely noise phobic dogs, both neutered male Australian Shepherds, aged 6 and 7 years of age. Shamu, the younger one is by far the worst of the two, but they both tremor constantly, pace around the garden when outside, and try to jump in the high skylight windows when something triggers them. The noise that is scaring them is not always heard by us, but we know that the garbage truck, thunder, the sound of children and many other noises scare them. Shamu is going blind with cataracts (which will be surgically removed in November this year), and this obviously compromises his safety history as well. Ice screeches a lot when he is panicked. The other 5 dogs are fine, and don’t show any overt signs of fear.
    Due to the high crime rate in South Africa, we cannot leave our doors open for the dogs to access their safe spaces in the house when we are out, and i am terrified of getting home one day to find that one or both of them have gone straight through one of the windows.
    Help!!

  • Junie2dogs

    My collie is noise sensitive to my wood burning stove when logs burning if they spark but not to the coal
    Attacks the Hoover if I don’t send her to her bed before I start but will whine in the bed although will hold position in bed

  • Tom Mitchell

    Thanks for sharing! šŸ™‚

  • Tom Mitchell

    Lots coming on this! šŸ™‚

  • Tom Mitchell

    We’ll be discussing exactly this in a future blog post!! šŸ˜€

  • My Staffie is terrified of bangs (gunshots, bird scarers, fireworks). So of course we are always out on a walk when they bother her. Then she just lies down and won’t move. We might manage to get her moving (and then have to utilise her flight response and walk really fast!) but if not we have to pick her up (not easy with an 18kg Staffie, they just go stiff!). She will walk in town despite hearing gun shots but not in the country (bang, no pun intended, go lovely country walks!). To cope therefore town walking!