Sound sensitivities, including fireworks, are very common in dogs and reactions range from mild to extreme. While a certain degree of fear is normal, it becomes distressing for both you and your dog if this fear is or becomes severe.
Signs to look out for include:
- Ears back
- Excessive panting
- Hiding away
- Barking excessively
- Messing in the house
Ideally dogs with sound sensitivities need a long-term behaviour modification plan, which includes desensitisation and counterconditioning. For more information, visit www.adaptil.com
and always speak to your vet for advice. This type of training needs to be started once firework season is over (ideally February/March). In the short-term however, there are some steps you can take to help your dog cope with fireworks this season.