As Sherman ages it’s obvious that he’s becoming sensitive to loud sounds.
Sounds that he never seemed to bother him when he was younger now make him nervous.
The most common sounds that make him nervous are sirens, thunder, fireworks, smoke alarms, loud music and most recently, the periodical cicadas. These bugs are loud. They sound like a muffled siren and the make noise until the sound goes down. (You can hear them on a video I posted to Facebook last week)
His degree of anxiety over loud sounds has been increasing slowly over the years. It’s not extreme but it’s definitely noticeable.
His signs of anxiety are heavy panting, velcro newf to the extreme, and pacing. Sometimes he will get diarrhea.
I hate seeing him get so upset so I do what I can for him.
I let him be by me as much as he needs to be by me.
I try to drown out the sound with white noise such as a fan, or soft music. I have heard that Through a Dog’s Ear is wonderful but I haven’t used it yet.
I give him a massage. Who doesn’t want a massage when they’re stressed out?
I give him a few drops of Rescue Remedy. I’ve been lucky with this product because it seems to take the edge off. I’ve been known to take a few drops myself BUT I know several people that have used it and did not see any results.
I don’t use a ThunderShirt. I’ve looked into them and I’m a fan of the product but in the summer, I don’t think that it’s a good idea to put more layers onto my already layered up Newfie. Again, I like the product, it’s just not a product right for us.
Is your dog sensitive to sounds? Have they always been sensitive or is it something that came as they aged? What tips do you have to share?
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