The fireworks and gun shots will start up soon in celebration of Fourth of July.

Many animals react to the sound of fireworks, gun shots, thunderstorms, and other loud noises.  You may have experienced this first hand.

Animals can have issues throughout the year with different kinds of loud sounds.  This doesn’t have to be this way.  

There are some simple steps you can take to help improve your situation.

It is first important to understand the two main reasons animals react to loud noises so that you know better how to help them:

  • There are animals that react to the sound alone.  This is can be due to the noise level or that the sound is triggering a traumatic memory.
  • There are other animals that react because they actually feel discomfort from the resonance of the sound going through their body.  Yes, this sounds odd but they actually feel a level of pain.  If you’ve ever shocked yourself on a hot wire for instance, they can feel like they are being shocked or zapped on some level.  An animal can then get anxious if they think this is about to happen, because they are expecting some kind of pain to occur in their body – a very unpleasant experience.
  • There are some animals that experience both reactions, especially due to anticipation of what’s to come.

How can you tell what they are really experiencing?

  • If they react to sound, they are a Sound Reactor.  Those animals tend to want to seek shelter where the noise is drowned out as much as possible.  It is often a closet or under a bed.  If they are outdoors, they may tear through a fence or jump over it in order to try to escape the noise.  Horses may run around the pasture.  Some animals can have a hard time calming down if they can still hear the same noise, even if fainter.  Some are constantly restless or in panic mode.
  • If they react because they are experiencing discomfort, they are a Sensation Reactor.  Normally, once they reach a place where the sound is dull, they can relax because the sound doesn’t penetrate their body any longer.  Getting indoors normally does the trick.  They may simply lay on the carpet, rug or a bed and remain calm.  But if they are outdoors and unable to seek proper shelter, their “symptoms” may look like they are reacting to sound.  So if they calm down and rest once inside, most likely their body is sensitive to the vibrational energy the loud noise produces.  This can especially happen from lightning and thunderstorms.

I had a collie that was a Sensation Reactor and busted through our chain link fence during a thunderstorm one time when we weren’t home.  Other times, when we were home, we’d bring her inside and she would always lay down on the carpet under the piano and fall asleep.  During one thunderstorm, when we were home, I used my animal communication skills of going inside her body and I could actually feel the discomfort she was feeling.  It felt like like small electric shock currents were going through her body.  Uncomfortable for sure.

It was then I realized why she was like this and then why she was fine once she got inside.  Then I also realized there were many dogs out there that were being misunderstood with their reactions.  Some actually do feel pain.  And it’s terrible what they experience.

So how can you help your animals to feel safe, calm, and pain-free?

For Sound Reactors, some top ways to help are:

  • Get them indoors if possible.  If you do not, they may injure themselves or escape.
  • Talk out loud to your animal.  Let them know you are there and they are safe with you.
  • Allow them to go inside where they feel best, as long as it is safe (a cluttered closet is not the ideal choice.)
  • You can offer them basic energy work or other energy work such as SASA or Reiki.
  • You can offer them the flower essence blend, Rescue Remedy, 4 drops every 10 minutes if needed.  This is found in many stores or online.  A custom Bach flower essence blend may be needed, as it helps to release deep, emotional baggage by muscle testing the ideal essences for an animal.
  • You can spray lavender essential oil in the air.  Put 10 drops in an 8 oz. spray bottle and fill with spring or purified water.  If they are too scared, opening a bottle and allowing them to sniff probably won’t work.
  • You can put a light blue towel, sheet, or blanket on the floor and they may lay on or near it.  If you are going to be with them, you can wrap them in it and hold them if they will let you.
  • If you are going to be with them, you can wrap their body in an ace type bandage in a calming wrap style. This method is much more affordable than a body wrap like the Thundershirt.  Wrapping can be very helpful for animals that are restless.
  • Sound therapy may produce a calming effect by playing music like Through a Dog’s Ear:  Music to Calm Your Canine Companion.
  • Crystals such as Rose Quartz and Amethyst may benefit.
  • Homeopathic remedies like Geisemium and Phosphorus may help your animal.

For Sensation Reactors, it’s all about removing the opportunity to feel discomfort:

  • Get them indoors if possible.  If you do not, they may injure themselves or escape.
  • While you can try any of the above methods, the key with Sensation Reactors is to get them indoors (from outdoor sounds, especially lighting and thunderstorms) and allow them to settle into a comfortable spot.
  • If you are unable to get them indoors but will be with them, wrapping them in a towel, sheet or blanket may help buffer the sensations from the noise.  But it probably will not help to the extent that it would if they were indoors.

And if you are not sure what type of reactor your animal is, you can always ask them what they are experiencing.  They can also tell you what they feel will help them with their situation.

Consider learning more how to help your animals:

  • Explore holistic ways to help your animals.  Be open to ideas and step outside of your ‘box’.  The more you can do for your animals, the more you can actually do for yourself.  When you learn how to help them, you learn how to improve your own well-being – AND they love that!
  • Learning Center Students learn amazing tools to help their animals such as how to offer color and crystal therapy, create custom aromatherapy and flower essence blends, offer energy work and homeopathy, do a body wrap in several ways, and so much more. The Learning Center features 4 years worth of how-to videos, documents for both pet parents and animal professionals, an email chat group, and monthly calls and bonuses!  Receive discounts on many things, including online courses where you earn a certificate for each course.  Check out the Learning Center here.
  • Consider learning animal communication.  Anyone can learn to communicate with animals, even from the comfort of your home!  Our next teleclass (phone or web phone) is on August 9th.  Click here to learn more.  Registration is due by August 1st.
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Hopefully, this has shed some light about possible ways you can understand and help your pets with loud noises.

Calm Blessings!

Kim & Allison


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