Noise Phobia in Dogs - Signs, Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

About Noise Phobia

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Noise Phobia is a reaction to a noise that is so intense and out of context that it limits the dog’s normal functioning, it is “all or nothing” (it typically results in a disproportionate response to the stimulus), and it persists long after the threat is gone. These dogs often anticipate events and show an increased sensitivity to low-level sounds that they fear.

How many dogs have a noise phobia?

  • Up to 50% of dogs may be afflicted with a noise phobia.
  • However, only about 13% of US dog owners report that their dogs suffer from fear of noises.1

How do pet owners handle noise phobia?

  • Pet owners first go online to research solutions.
    • 84% of pet owners search online for their dog’s behavior problem.2
  • 3 out of 4 pet owners say that they will talk to their veterinarians about behavior issues.2

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Questions to ask pet owners

More importantly, here are some very basic questions to ask owners to determine if their dog might be suffering from a noise phobia:

  1. What does your dog do when it hears a loud noise such as thunder, fireworks, gun shots, vacuum cleaners, loud voices or car/truck engines?
  2. How has your dog’s reaction to noises changed over time?
  3. During a noise event, is it possible to get your dogs attention, such as getting him to play?
1 October 2014, GFK Fear of Noises Product Market Assessment Opportunities, prepared for Ceva Animal Health
2 July 2014, Burke Brand Equity Report, prepared for Ceva Animal Health