Sensitive to sound

Is my dog sensitive to sound? 

A dog's persistent barking is the result of an issue; therefore, it is very important to find out why a dog barks. Dogs that bark persistently are often trying to alert someone that their needs are not being met.

The barking will be resolved when the cause is addressed. Managing the environment that a dog lives in will assist in resolving the barking issue. To assist in identifying why your dog is barking, firstly consider what your dog is doing when he/she is barking?

Reasons why my dog might be barking

Exposure to external sounds e.g. fireworks, thunder, sirens or loud noises.

Actions to try and resolve the barking

  • Remove your dog from the location/property if triggers are short term
  • provide a safe and quiet place for your dog to hide
  • reduce anxiety by administering over the counter medications
  • administer medication as prescribed by vet
  • be aware and prepared of upcoming fireworks or thunderstorm activity
  • provide security and reassurance by touching, massaging or hugging your dog during the noise situation.

Monitoring my dog's progress

Seek feedback from neighbours through weekly check ins. Sometimes neighbours have a good idea of how your dog is behaving, especially if the barking occurs while you are away from home. Download the “Dear Neighbour(PDF, 211KB) ” feedback card to place in your neighbour’s letter box(es) or hand it to them personally to complete and return to you.  Other ways to monitor progress include use of recording equipment such as phones, tablets, CCTV or noise monitor recording devices.

If the actions I am trialling work

Continue to monitor your progress and:

  • provide consistency to your dog’s daily life – stick to your agreed plan of approach to manage the barking
  • reward your dog with treats, praise or play for quiet behaviour 
  • keep a diary of your dog’s behaviour.

If there is no improvement within two weeks

Seek professional advice from your vet.