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4 Common Things That May Scare Your Dog and How You Can Help

Your Dog - Pet Wants Exton
  • 23 August 2017
  • Pet Wants

Most dogs are not shy about sharing the range of emotions of how they feel.  Even though dogs are strong and brave animals, they can get scared. In addition to things you’d expect to scare your dog, your pet may also get scared by things that are a little more surprising.

1. Fireworks

As humans, it’s normal for us to really enjoy fireworks during the 4th of July and other celebrations. However, many dogs don’t feel the same way. One reason is dogs have an incredibly powerful sense of hearing, and the noise from fireworks can be overwhelming and  too much for a dog’s ears to take in all at once.

Another issue with fireworks is they get set off in an unpredictable pattern. This can make it hard for a dog to know when the next boom is coming. If you’re concerned about your dog getting scared, staying close by, providing a comfortable space for your dog to hide, and using some type of white noise are all strategies that can help.

2. Thunderstorms

Even though thunderstorms are more frequent than fireworks, many dogs remain scared storms their entire life. In fact, dogs’ keen senses may mean your pet gets worked up about a storm before you’re even aware that one is coming. If you find that thunderstorms really scare your dog, trying an anxiety vest or jacket can help your pet feel more at ease.

3. The Vet

Although vets play a very important role in keeping dogs healthy, plenty of these animals are scared of going. Whether it’s a bad association like getting shots or simply all the different smells, a dog may not be happy at all about this type of visit. The best thing you can do for your dog is to stay calm and use strategies like treats to make this experience as pleasant as possible.

4. Hats

Dogs use a lot of different information to process what’s going on around them. For example, your pet probably knows the exact routine you follow prior to filling its bowl with dog food. This same type of processing occurs with assessing people. The problem with hats is they alter the natural human silhouette that dogs are used to seeing. So instead of being able to go through its normal process of assessing a person, someone wearing a hat can catch a dog off guard and result in the pup getting scared.

You can help your pet be less scared of this accessory by calmly putting on a hat on at home and then giving your dog some treats to show it that everything is fine. You can later repeat this process with other friends or family members.