Have you ever seen your dog run away from the house whenever there’s a fire alarm? This looks like a normal reaction for any human being (to flee for your life) but is that what goes into your dog’s mind as well when he runs away upon hearing alarms?
Let’s find out.
High-Pitched Sounds From Alarms Frighten Him
Dogs are extremely sensitive to sounds and can hear sounds at much higher frequencies than humans.
Their hearing ability is so much better than ours that they can even detect sound which is not even audible to human ears.
With that being said, what do you think will happen when a dog hears high-pitched sounds such as a fire alarm that even us cannot tolerate?
You guessed it right! They will run away in fear.
Alarm Sound Come From Unpredictable Direction
Dogs are very intelligent creatures that have their own thoughts, feelings and emotions. It is not unusual for dogs to be afraid of something that they don’t understand or can’t see.
So, when your dog hears the alarm coming from various unpredictable directions, and he is unable to determine the source of the sound, he will naturally get fearful and will try to run away.
A Sound That He Had Never Heard Before
If a dog hears a high-pitched sound (like an alarm or a siren), he might be confused because it’s very different from the usual sounds of his environment. This causes him to feel anxious and run away.
This is often the case if this is the very first time that your dog ever hears this loud, high-pitching noise, and he has no clue about how to react to it except to run away from it.
He Had A Traumatic Experience With Alarm Sound
Dogs can have a strong association with a specific sound and the experience that they have had in the past.
If your dog has heard a fire alarm before and has a negative experience with it, he will associate this sound with something bad happening.
And that makes him react in fear whenever he hears this sound.
This can be the case that he is once badly affected by the smoke from the fire and the sound of the fire alarm reminds him of this traumatic event.
So, whenever he hears a fire alarm, he will become extremely frightened and anxious.
Your Dog Senses Your Fear During The Alarms And That Affects Him
Did you know that how you react to a situation will greatly affect your dog?
You see, dogs are extremely sensitive to their owner’s emotion which is why they are able to capture the heart of all dog owners.
When you react with fear or anxiety to a certain situation, your dog will also be exhibiting the same emotion. He will act similarly as you do.
So, if you are nervous when hearing a fire alarm, your dog will sense your fear and will react similarly.
Therefore, you need to make sure that you are not showing your emotions to your dog and that you are calm when it comes to hearing the fire alarm.
This will make your dog feel your calm energy and will remain composed as well.
Your Dog Is Suffering From “Noise Phobia”
Dogs have very acute senses and are easily startled. This is especially so if your dog is suffering from “Noise Phobia” disorder.
A dog with a noise phobia will attempt to flee from sound that makes him uncomfortable due to the extreme fear of noise.
Dogs of all breeds and ages may suffer from this abnormal, intense, and long-lasting fear reaction.
Thunderstorms, fireworks, high-pitched sound from guitars and fire alarms are the most common causes of noise phobia, but dogs may become afraid of any sound, no matter how insignificant, if they are struggling with a noise phobia.
An open door, a fly swatter, or a moving fan can easily trigger a reaction from a noise-phobic dog.
It is likely that the more exposure a dog has to a terrifying sound, the more intense his phobia will become.
So keep a lookout if your dog is exhibiting behaviors such as hiding, peeing, defecating, panting, trembling and barking when hearing any noises.
If your dog is suffering from noise phobia, you will need to give him special attention and to seek vet treatment.