01-30-2016, 11:46 PM
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Originally Posted by busannie
Definitely have him seen by a vet, as potential medical causes could be neurological (seizures or other) or pain, both of which you would want to address ASAP.
That said, my dog Bus has similar behavior in response to certain noises which scare him, and as he's gotten older, it has become a stronger fear reaction and a longer list of things which cause it to happen. Others I know who have noise phobic dogs have reported similar increase in severity as their dogs age as well. His biggest fear is the smoke detector/CO detector- and anything that causes them to go off- people showering, burning food, etc; but he also is afraid of fireworks, the vacuum attachment scraping the floor and other things that make loud banging/screeching sounds. Unfortunately, my parents (whose house we spend a lot of time at) have a parrot who loves to mimic those sounds, so even if we avoid doing it, he still sometimes gets inundated with scary sounds.
Thank you for your response. I understand this could be caused by several different things. Hopefully we'll find out what. In his case, we haven't noticed anything in particular environmentally that could be setting it off, though it could still be something we haven't taken notice of, if that were the cause. What you said about aging affecting how much something may bother them is something to keep in mind, though, too. Or maybe it could cause something to be a bother that wasn't before. I'm not assuming it is something environmental triggering it, just wondering at the possibility, and combining that with some of his other different behavior mentioned.
That is unfortunate, that the bird makes it harder to avoid those noises that scare your dog. Hopefully, while exposed to things that scare him, your dog finds enough comfort at least.
Hopefully we'll know soon what's causing the issue for my mom's dog and take care of it.