Being around dogs during the day while working from home or workplace; we always want to see our four-legged friends happy and comfortable. From the wagging of their tail to the grin on their face, there are many ways to identify when our furry friends are enjoying themselves.
One of the key factors that contribute to their happiness or sadness is sound. Dogs have excellent hearing and can pick up on an extensive range of sounds that have the potential to make them feel delighted or distressed.
In this blog post, we will explore some of the common sounds that make dogs happy and how you can incorporate them into your pet’s routine. We will also list out noises that can make dogs sad so you can avoid and help them cope during this challenging time.
Type of sounds that make dogs happy
Happy Tone of Voice
The tone of voice used when talking to your dog can have a significant effect on their mood. A high-pitched, cheerful voice conveys positivity and can immediately lift a dog’s spirits. In contrast, a dull or stern voice can make them feel sad or anxious. Using a happy tone when speaking to your dog, especially during playtime or rewards, will help them associate the sound with positivity and happiness.
Soft and calming music has positive effects on dogs‘ stress levels. It helps them relax and can even trigger their natural ability to fall asleep. Soft jazz or classical music can be perfect to calm down an anxious or stressed-out dog. Music therapy has numerous benefits for dogs, and incorporating it into their daily routine may help them stay calm and happy.
Dogs love to play, and it’s an excellent opportunity to bond with them. The sound of their favorite toys or playful noises might trigger their eagerness to play. Excited barks or playful growls are examples of playful sounds that bring them joy. Incorporating playtime into your dog’s routine is essential for their mental and physical well-being.
Dogs love surprises, and it can come in various forms. A surprise treat or squeaky toy can bring delight to your dog’s day. They might even wag their tail in excitement when they get something unexpected. Surprises can break the monotony of a routine, and dogs will appreciate the change of pace.
Type of sounds that make dogs sad
Fireworks, Thunder and Lightening
Loud, sudden noises like fireworks and thunder can be very scary for dogs, causing them to cower and hide. In severe cases, they may even bolt away from their homes due to the physical and emotional discomfort caused. You can help your dog by creating a safe space for them to retreat in during these times. An enclosed room with a comfortable bed, familiar toys and a white noise machine can help to drown out the noise and keep your dog calm.
Vacuum Cleaners and Other Household/workplace Appliances
Many dogs dislike the sound of household appliances like vacuum cleaners, washing machines, and kitchen mixers. These sounds can be very unsettling for dogs, as they are unusual and often loud. You can help desensitize your dog to these sounds by gradually introducing them to the machine while it is off, then slowly turning it on to a low setting. Reward your dog with treats and praise for not reacting negatively. This will help your dog feel more comfortable and less anxious around these common household sounds.
Car Alarms and Sirens
Car alarms and sirens can be loud and jarring for both dogs and humans. Dogs can become very agitated and start barking excessively when they hear these sounds. To help your dog cope with these noises, it’s important to remain calm and relaxed yourself. You can also create a safe space for your dog to retreat to during these times. If your dog barks excessively, you can distract them with a toy or treat until the noise passes.
Many dogs can be highly sensitive to high-pitched sounds, such as smoke detectors, baby coos or backing up trucks, as these sounds can cause their ears to hurt or feel uncomfortable. To help your dog cope with these sounds, you can desensitize them to these noises by gradually introducing them at a low volume and reinforcing positive behavior with treats. Use a noise-blocking device to keep high-pitched noises to a minimum.
Dogs might perceive aggressive vocalization from other animals or humans as a threat that they need to protect themselves against, causing them to become defensive, and respond in kind. To prevent this, be mindful of you and your dog’s environment, especially during outdoor walks. Keep your pet away from other aggressive animals to prevent unwanted and unpleasant confrontations.
It’s our responsibility to keep our furry friends feeling calm, comfortable and safe. It is essential to understand the sounds that dogs dislike and the possible effects on their health. By desensitizing your dog to these sounds, and creating a calm environment, you can help your furry friend cope with loud or unsettling noises. Understanding your dog’s sensitivities, and supporting them through these challenges, will strengthen your bond and build a deeper connection with your dog.
Dogs are intelligent and emotional animals, and they can express their joy through sounds and behavior. It is essential to understand the sounds that make them happy to keep them in good spirits. It is our responsibility to keep our furry friends feeling calm, comfortable and safe.
Incorporating playful sounds, surprises, happy tones, soothing music, and scents in their routine can keep them mentally and physically healthy. As responsible owners, we need to make sure that our pets are happy and comfortable in their environment.
You can help your furry friend cope with loud or unsettling noises. Understanding your dog’s sensitivities, and supporting them through these challenges, will strengthen your bond and build a deeper connection.
The sounds that dogs listen to can be an easy starting point to keep them in good moods. So, let’s make some happy sounds for our furry friends and keep their tails wagging.