my dog is afraid to fireworks.

@asliah (11149)
Philippines
December 16, 2010 4:42am CST
hi,, this coming new year, people will use fireworks to welcome 2011, so before they will start to light their fireworks, i will put my dog into my close room and lock it them, and free them after the firecracker's done. it because they are really really afraid when they hear fireworks blow out. is your dog have fear in fireworks?
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• United States
16 Dec 10
I think that lots of animals are afraid of fireworks, there are flashes of lights and loud bangs, I was scared when I was a kid so I know that dogs have the same wonder but cautious approach to something they don't know about. I know that horses don't like fireworks either.
• United States
18 Dec 10
Thanks for the BR!
• United States
16 Dec 10
I think it is normal for dogs to be afraid as the loud sounds and impact probably startles their ear drums.
@jugsjugs (13045)
19 Dec 10
My dogs are not scared of fire works as they are field working dogs,so they are use to the bangs.There are alot of dogs that are really scared of fireworks and the best thing todo is put the tv on slide all the curtains and keep the house as shut off from the out side flashes as well as noise as you can.
@Valene82 (89)
• United States
17 Dec 10
Our old dog was more of a nervous type and she was terrified of fireworks. One time we took her to a fireworks show and she was so afraid she started shaking and whining. She was always afraid of loud noises of any kind. Now our dog we have now still doesn't like loud noises, but she doesn't freak out like the first dog did. I think dogs might be more afraid of those things because their hearing is much better than ours, so things probably sound even louder to them. Plus, they have no way of understanding what is really going on since you can't really explain what a firework is to them.
@dav20b (508)
• United States
17 Dec 10
I think all dogs do not like fireworks since every dog we have ever had did not like them and I think it has to do with them having good hearing.
@dloveli (4369)
• United States
17 Dec 10
Hey asliah! You are not alone. ALot of dogs seem bothered by fireworks. I believe its the boom at the end. A dogs ears are way more sensitive to sound then a humans. It bothers some children as well. Especially kids with eartubes and people with hearing aids are bothered by them. These devices enhance their hearing and with that they become super sensitive to these sounds as well. There are some pet owners that have a seditive prescribed for their pets because they live right next to where they set them off. I have a friend who lives right behind the fair grounds where, every summer, they light them off. They dont want to move but they dont want their dog to suffer. The vet prescribes a mild seditive and it seems to help their dog. They dont like giving the meds to the dog so they saved up and made the cellar into a family room that is also sound proof. This year was the first time and it worked. Duncan didnt even know that his humans were out back watching fireworks. lol If you cant afford the vet there are a few things you can do to help. Try and excercise the dog more the day of the fireworks so you tire him out. Try putting him in the room farthest from the noise. Take him for a ride during the show. If you're enjoying the show, maybe a family member or friend wouldnt mind watching your beloved until its all over. It is a bit of an inconvenience but if you're anything like me you wont mind. My dogs are part of my family. There isnt anything I wouldnt do to keep them safe and/or happy. Happy MyLotting dl
@velvet53 (16070)
• Palisade, Colorado
17 Dec 10
I have one dog that is afraid of fireworks. This past 4th of July he went into the bathroom and got into the tub. It was the furthest place away from the noise. There were other times when he would lay on top of my feet. I guess he feels safe in those places so I just left him alone.
@vrianna (185)
• Philippines
17 Dec 10
My dog also afraid of the fireworks, we're thinking where to hide it. Well, good luck to shiemi (my dog's name). Happy new year!
@djbtol (5500)
• United States
17 Dec 10
Our previous dog was terrified of fireworks and thunder. Whenever this was going on, we could not get her to settle down. She would pace and pace and look for a place to hide. Even after she shoved herself under a bed, she would come out after a couple of minutes. It was sad that she was so consumed with fear. We tried some basic meds, but really needed to go to the vet and get the strong stuff.
• Brazil
17 Dec 10
I own 19 dogs, 1 cat and 1 rabbit but my dogs shake a lot when they hear fireworks. I used to like so much the parties of Christmas and New year's eve, but after getting all these dogs I had to put gates on my backyard to separete them from each other because when they hear fireworks they jump and hurt themselves and it's really terrible to them because they can hear too much times more than us.
@log0008 (62)
• Australia
17 Dec 10
my dog barks like mad so if i am near by i can't even hear them!
• Ecuador
16 Dec 10
I don't own a dog... but my cousin does. His dog is always afraid when there's a strange noise that sounds like explosion. When the dog was some days born, it was the festivities of the city, and there were a lot of fireworks, and I think that was the beginning of dog's phobia. I say phobia, because that dog is really scared of fireworks. Can't be calm if there is any strange noise.
@cssiduyz (1054)
• Indonesia
16 Dec 10
no, I do not have a dog. but I also understand your point, it's true that animals also have a hearing if he heard an explosion like fear and as if do not want to hear it again because of his fears over the dog brain.
@angeline1 (146)
16 Dec 10
My dog is afraid of fireworks.I don't know why. My dog hides under my bed or barks at the fireworks.
@aeiou78 (3457)
• Malaysia
16 Dec 10
My female dog is having the same problem too. It will hide under the table whenever it hears the sound of firework and lightning. It is really an intelligent dog I have adopted so far.
@inu1711 (5288)
• Romania
16 Dec 10
Nera sleeping in the bathtube - Nera sleeping in the bathtube during a fireworks display
My previous dog, Nera, was terrified because the loud noise. The Christmas and the New Year's Eve were a nightmare for us. We tried to train her not to fear loud noises any more, but all our struggle was in vain. She used to hide in the bathroom during this time of the year, she slept in the bathtube like you can see in the photo below. I tried to make her as comfortable as I could, I even put her some softening music to make her more comfortable.
@reploid (1239)
• France
16 Dec 10
Yes, my dog is very afraid of fireworks. I don't know what I will do with him on ne years day. Maybe I will hide him somewhere this year. I don't know how to prevent my dog from going outside, but I will try. Have a nice day.
@donsky14 (5963)
• Philippines
16 Dec 10
Our dogs are afraid of firecrakers as well. They would jump in out laps and would want them to be hugged. Problem is there's like 10 of them...so just imagine how crazy it is here in our place during new year
@nicregi (1936)
• Malaysia
16 Dec 10
Hi there. I used to have a dog and yes, I believe it is normal for the dogs to be afraid of it. Even though not all dogs are afraid of it, I do feel that it is quite normal for dogs to be afraid of it. However, ny dog is just a puppy :p