Does your pup freak out every time he hears a loud noise? Do firecrackers, gunfire, or thunder having him shaking in his skin? While it is considered to be normal for some dogs to be a little skittish around loud noises, it is not normal for them to become so afraid of these noises that they literally become non-functional. Why does your pup get so scared around loud noises? According to Dr. Nicholas Dodman, BvMS, DACVA, DACVB, of Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, no one really knows why.
While there may be many underlying reasons why your dog is scared of loud noises, with a little hard work, you can train your pup to ignore them and remain relaxed around them. The one thing you do need to keep in mind is that you should never fuss over your pup when he becomes scared. All this does is reinforce the behavior instead of teaching him to ignore the noise.
The most important part of the task is to teach your dog not to react in a negative or frightened manner every time he hears a loud noise. Bear in mind that there are still going to be those rare occasions when the noise is so close or so loud that not only will your dog still jump, but so will you. There are just some noises that will be too loud, period.
The intent of this type of training is to train your dog to ignore loud noises. Remember that not only do you not want to make a big fuss over your pup when he is scared, but you should never scold or punish him for his fear either. One of the best ways to get him used to loud noises is to introduce him to as many noises as possible using things around the house like the vacuum cleaner, a hair dryer, or any number of other loud items.
Before you start to train your dog to ignore things like loud noises, he needs to have already successfully learned the basic commands, 'sit', 'stay', 'come', and 'down'. While you may not need these commands specifically to train him not to react to loud noises, knowledge of them demonstrates your pup's ability to learn and follow commands. You will need a few things to help you with the training.
These are the basic supplies, there may be others depending on the type of training you decide to use. The rest of your supplies includes plenty of time and patience while working with your pup during this training period. Keep working at it and in time your pup will stop trying to tunnel under the bed every 4th of July.