The 4th of July is far from fun for a dog scared of loud noise. Nebraska Humane Society spokesperson Pam Wiese says it is hard to determine why some dogs are terrified while others don’t even flinch. She says your pet will often times find a safe spot where they can hide from the noise and comfort themselves.
Wiese says, “A basement room is usually pretty well insulated. No windows. You don’t see the flashes. Probably the sound is insulated as well. One of the tips is to get your dog into an interior room where he can’t hear the booms and then distract him with other type of noise.” That can be leaving a TV or radio on to help muffle the sound.
Wiese says there is also a product that works on about 80% of dogs. She says there is some scientific value to thunder shirts. She says there are Velcro panels that tighten around the dog’s torso and hits some pressure points and provides comfort. Behaviorists have been using these vests for years with fairly good success. If they don’t work for your dog the company will refund your money.
Wiese says there other techniques you can use to familiarize your dog with noise by starting with soft noise and increasing it until your dog is comfortable with loud sounds. She says this works very well with hunting dogs but it won’t work overnight.