Many times, we come across animals getting scared to noises. Sometimes they even turn violent and try hurting people nearby. As a pet lover, have you ever tried analyzing why most of the animals are sensitive to sounds? According to veterinary doctors , the fear of noises especially thunder, gun shots, firecrackers are mostly observed in animals like dogs, cats and few bird species. These species tend to lose control and behave in a strange manner. However, not every dog or cat is sensitive to the sounds. Their reaction is completely based on the sound intensity. Similar kind of behavior is usually found in kids below the age of five. You might have observed that many kids are sensitive to thunder sounds and run towards parents to console their fear. It is easy to convince your kid but is very hard to console a pet.
Urban establishments are bound to have noise pollution, especially during festival season. India is a country having festivals throughout the years. However, the most noise pollution is emitted at the time of Ganesh puja, Durga puja, Diwali and New Year. It is not possible to stop the celebration as most of them are having religious faith. However, you can train you pet in order to make them adjust to this noise pollution.
Here are few things I, Sanjeet Singh Veen feel a pet owner and admirer understands the need of a making the pets feel calm and composed during these high sound festival celebrations.
- Determine the exact cause why your pet is having the fear. At times, if your pet is adopted it is important to understand whether they have been treated with any kind of cruelty that makes them scared of sounds.
- Try to analyze the history of the dog to understand its behavior. For example, if the dog has undergone any kind of traumatic accident that makes it loses its mental balance while listening to noise.
- If the dog/cat is naturally afraid of the sounds, it can be easily handled.
Steps to take while training your pets:
- Do not rush your dog/cat to face sounds. Make them feel safe in calm and soothing place.
- Before trying to modify animal behavior towards noise, consult animal-behavior specialist.
- Try to distract the pet to keep them calm and peaceful.
- Consider medication if the severity persists.