Many people “oooh!” and “aaah!” over fireworks every Fourth of July. They’re a fun spectacle of color and sound… For humans, at least. Our dogs, however, probably think the word “terrifying” is more fitting for the holiday’s firework display than “fun”. This is why the fourth of July causes noise anxiety in dogs.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) notes: “Nearly one-in-five lost pets first go missing after being scared by the sound of fireworks, thunderstorms or other loud noises.” That statistic makes firework season a stressful time for both canines and their owners.

The reason so many of our four-legged friends run away in this situation is probably due to noise anxiety in dogs.

But, What Is Noise Anxiety?

Like the name implies, noise anxiety in dogs occurs when they experience an unusually large, irrational amount of anxiety due to loud or startling sounds. It can have different developmental origins for each dog. The common root cause of noise anxiety is the dog having negative past experiences with loud or sudden noises. Such as noise being used as a punishment. Or getting hurt when there is a lot of noise, or the dog’s confused “fight or flight” response. The canine interprets the noise as something dangerous and too much for them to fight. So they think they need to hide or run to get away from the noise in order to be safe.

There are many symptoms of noise anxiety in dogs. Here are a few:

  • Trying to run away
  • Hiding
  • Panting
  • Whining/Barking
  • Urinating
  • Clinginess

How Do Fireworks Affect Noise Anxiety?

You can see how fireworks on the Fourth of July and noise anxiety in dogs are not a good combination. According to American Kennel Club Reunite, many dogs flee when it comes to fireworks because, “they don’t know where the noise is coming from and they try to escape because they don’t understand”. It’s a situation where it’s not just a loud noise or a startling noise, but it’s many loud and startling noises all at once… For a prolonged period of time. Fourth of July fireworks are a major triggering event for our furry family members who struggle with noise anxiety.

How Can You Help Your Dog On The Fourth Of July? 

As dog owners, we want to take good care of our pets. Some of us may be able to make sure our canines aren’t ever around fireworks… But for the rest of us, that isn’t always possible. Luckily, there are other ways to help your dog through the stressful time.

One valuable asset to have on hand are firework dog ear plugs. They lessen the stress of being around fireworks by lowering the volume of all that noise. What makes our in-ear dog earplugs superior to muffs or over the ear products is that they mold to fit perfectly inside your dog’s ear! 

Using dog earplugs for fireworks help pups feel safe because the level of noise is buffered. The noise is no longer scary and this leads to less anxiety. It’s a way to help your dog during those Fourth of July festivities, while also being able to enjoy yourself!

Resources

https://www.aspca.org/about-us/press-releases/independence-day-can-be-perilous-pets

https://www.akcchf.org/canine-health/your-dogs-health/noise-phobia-in-dogs.html#:~:text=Noise%20phobia%20is%20an%20excessive,and%20in%20any%20dog%20breed

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