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Volume 24(3), Autumn 2014

Commissioned paper

A place to hide


Typically, dogs will want to hide in a place that is dark, quiet and away from disturbing activity, but they may also want to be close to someone they are bonded to, for security.


Click here to see how a hiding place can be improved.

Assessing noise stress


Click here to learn more about the “sound sensitivity questionnaire”, based on a series of studies looking at the behavioural response to noise events.

Scary sounds


Several studies have shown the benefit of desensitisation and counter-conditioning using recorded firework sounds. Click here for more information.

by Jon Bowen

Pop! Bang! Whizzzzzzz!

Management and prevention of noise phobia in pets

In normal fear, an unexpected event causes an increase in arousal, which may be experienced as fear if the event is potentially threatening. The animal then performs a coping behaviour, such as escaping or hiding. During the recovery phase, arousal and emotional state return to baseline if coping ...

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Phobia or fear?

Noise fears and phobias are unique in behavioural therapy. There is a range of drug treatments, and plenty of evidence that behavioural therapy works and produces lasting benefits. The only remaining problem is that treatment takes time and as clinicians we tend only to see cases when they become urgent for the owner, usually a few days prior to a major firework or thunder event. However, with some forethought, and use of tools like the sound sensitivity questionnaire, we can detect and treat cases more effectively.