Managing Noise Reactivity




Startling easily, barking, looking for close contact or fleeing can be signs that your dog is sensitive to noise.

Noise sensitivity can elevate reactivity in other areas so helping to reduce or minimise triggering noise can make a huge difference to your dog’s well-being. Some dogs are not necessarily sensitive to noise but may overreact to certain sounds. In either case management is the first step to helping your dog feel differently about the sounds around them.

Begin by making sure your dog has access to a quiet spot in your home, such as a bathroom, bedroom or a walk-in closet with room enough for your dog to lie comfortably.

Closing windows and doors can minimise outdoor sounds while classical music, sound machines or even audiobooks played at a continuous low volume can help lessen the impact of sudden distressing noise while also soothing your dog.

For specific sounds that trigger your dog, do what you can to remove or reduce them. If the doorbell is a trigger, disconnect it, tape over it and display a note asking visitors not to knock. Plan for any expected guests to call you when they arrive so you know they are there.

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