Study by UC Davis finds dogs get anxious over sudden and common household sounds

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DAVIS, Calif. (KNX) — If you’re looking to better understand your dog, take into consideration the impact sudden noises could have.

A study published by UC Davis discovered found that common household sounds and high-frequency, intermittent noises are more likely to give dogs anxiety.

The study worked with 386 dog owners and observed 72 different breeds of dogs. Officials said over half the dogs came from a shelter or rescue.

Researchers discovered that dogs reacted to these sounds by barking, retreating, and pacing. Other reactions that showed stress in dogs included howling, shaking, and hiding. Sounds dogs were exposed to in the study include a smoke detector, microwave, and a vacuum.

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“I think because they’re considered normal sounds we don’t really understand how bothersome they are to our dogs or based on the videos we watch,” Emma Grigg with the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine told KNX. “Many people misinterpret… ‘this is strange reaction or bizarre reaction or crazy reaction’…or can even be amused by it.”

Grigg advises minimizing these sounds to our dogs, which could be as simple as changing batteries more frequently in smoke detectors or removing a dog from a room where loud noises might occur.

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