If you know many people with dogs or have had a few in your life then you have probably known at least one that doesn’t like fireworks. When it gets around to autumn you’ll hear lots of frustrated people wishing that fireworks were banned as it can be so distressing for so many dogs. (If your dog does struggle also check out our blog on helping them manage through fireworks here).
But this normalising of a fear of fireworks can actually do damage itself. It makes many people give up, feeling that there is nothing that they can do and that it’s just the way things are. Whereas there are a lot of options for helping dogs, but more importantly there are a lot of causes of fear of fireworks that might also need separate treatment.
So if you do have a dog who is struggling around loud noises; do you know why they are scared? It’s likely to be one, or more, of the reasons below and they all have slightly different treatments.
So a fear of fireworks, or other noises, can affect any dog. Even dogs who have previously been absolutely fine with them. But that doesn’t mean it is normal. And definitely shouldn’t be accepted. We can make things much better for you and your dog.