As with any animal, the answer to whether a Cockapoo will be scared of fireworks is unknown, mine is, but I know others that do not even flinch as the bangs and flashes start. Sadly, research that has been done shows that up to 62% of all dogs will show some alarm or distress as the fireworks start going off, although to different degrees.
There is some suggestion that certain breeds can show some form of noise phobia more so than others, two of which are herding and hunting dog breeds, and this is why you will sometimes hear a noise phobia described as being gunshy. But the good news is that there is no suggestion that cockapoos are any more likely to suffer than any other breed.
There are no hard and fast facts that are known as to what causes a dog to have a noise phobia or reaction to fireworks, but if you consider that a dog’s hearing is superior to our own and their sensitivity to vibrations and air pressure is more significant, it is probably not surprising that some might panic.
How to recognise when your cockapoo is scared
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- Clinging to you
- Trembling and shaking may occur
- They may toilet indoors
- Hiding underneath something
- Climbing or running around the room
Depending on the level of stress your cockapoo is feeling, it could show one or all of these telltale signs.
What can you do to help
You can try several things to help your Cockapoo should they become distressed; some can even be helped to the point that they no longer panic. This is by no means possible for all dogs, though, and requires a lot of patience and time while also seeking advice from professionals such as your vet or an animal behaviourist.
Prepare your dog
If you know there will be a fireworks display or a storm is on its way, plan in advance. You can do this by exercising your dog with an extra-long walk or play; it is known that a tired dog can be less prone to getting anxious.
It might be challenging, but try to ensure that your cockapoo is not home alone, especially if they have any form of separation anxiety.
Prepare a cosy hiding place
If your dog likes to hide during the fireworks, then have a safe place prepared and ready for them to retreat. They might decide they want to pick their hiding place, so you should let them; never punish your dog because of the behaviour.
Don’t over fuss
The temptation is great to overlove your cockapoo while it is in distress. After all, it is human nature. Although opinion is split, many people believe this only reinforces the fact that the behaviour they are displaying is correct or good.
Close your windows and curtains
Even if it is not firework night and in the middle of summer, ensure that you close your windows and curtains to reduce the noise level as much as possible. Before the fireworks start, turn on the TV or radio to the average sound level and act normal and try not to let your pet know that you are concerned as they will pick up on your change in behaviour.
Feed early if required
If the timing of the firework display is after feeding time, then feed your cockapoo early, especially if they have already had a nice long walk, as feeding will also help to reduce anxiety along with the fact that they will probably not eat the dog food when distressed.
Keep your dog indoors
During firework season, you must keep your pet inside if your dog is suddenly scared by a loud noise or unexpected bang. Flight can be their first instinct, making it possible that they will jump over what they would not normally.
Walk on a lead
Your dog will still need to be exercised during the firework season; unfortunately, people will let them off randomly, creating the loud sounds you are trying to avoid. While walking your dog, keep them safe by having them on the lead. It might not feel natural if your pet is used to running free, but the last thing you need is for your dog to take fright and run away, especially in a state of panic.
Seek professional help
Animal behaviourists can help desensitise your cockapoo, but this is a long slow process and in no way a fast fix. They can also advise you on what is best for your pet and you as the owner.
Some great natural remedies can help in keeping your dog calm. Also, the vet can help with tablets. I use them during the worst firework season, although I appreciate that not all cockapoo owners will want to take that root.
We hope some of this information will help you and your gorgeous cockapoo through fireworks and storms. Not everything works for everyone, but if you can find some way to ease your pet’s distress, you will have done an excellent job as a responsible cockapoo owner.
Mike is the proud owner of a 7-year-old Cockapoo named Luna. He loves to share stories, tips and information about owning a Cockapoo. With over7 years of experience as an owner, Mike is passionate about helping others own and care for their dog.
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