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Signs of Noise Phobia! Does Your Dog Fear Thunderstorms and Other Things that Go Bump in the Night?

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Jessie, the one pampered pooch who has her act together, looking flawless, cool, calm and relaxed all at the same time: We had some rain and thunder this morning. No problem. Didn’t faze me a bit. But there are some dogs who are deathly afraid of such a thing, as well as other noises. Rain can cause heightened awareness in dogs. They hear, see and smell things at a greater intensity when it rains and thunderstorms, thus creating more anxiety if they are already prone to such nervous behavior. Even sounds that mimic thunderstorms can wreak anxiety havoc in your pet if they fear loud noises.

If you have a dog that suffers from noise phobia, here are some potential symptoms he or she might exhibit:

  • Hiding (more commonly seen in cats)
  • Urinating or pooping
  • Panting
  • Pacing
  • Chewing on things
  • Trying to escape, such as attempting to dig, jump through windows or go through walls)
  • Not eating
  • Trembling/shaking
  • Searching for the owner
  • Not following commands
  • Barking excessively (or meowing in cats)

If you suspect your dog (or cat!) is suffering from anxiety related to noises, please consult with your veterinarian as to how these can be treated. Some may offer a behavioral approach; others may offer a medicinal one; some may combine the two approaches.

However, if YOU are afraid of thunderstorms and other loud noises, your own anxiety could be transferred to your pet! I’m just sayin’…

(Thanks to for this helpful information!)



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