White noise machines help you and your family fall asleep at night as well as block any unwanted outside noise. Now, you're wondering if a sound machine could be helpful for your dog, too. Could it make him feel better, perhaps giving him a more restful night's sleep and calming him down?
If you want to invest in a white noise machine, read on to find out more about it and if it could be beneficial to your pup.
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How a sound machine could help your dog
Your dog could be anxious for a number of different reasons, but one of the top reasons is noise. If you live in a noisy apartment building, a place where a lot of fireworks go off, an area where there are frequent thunderstorms, or anywhere else where your dog could be hearing loud noises, your dog may experience anxiety.
One of the ways to ensure he's less stressed is to block out this outside noise. You can get a white noise machine to do just this. The machine may play that signature static white noise sound along with the soothing sounds. It could let you play the sounds of the ocean, crickets, soft rain, and other nature sounds, for instance. Some sound machines, like ones for babies, will play a heartbeat noise to mimic what it's like being in the womb.
You could purchase a noise machine with volume control and an auto-off timer so it doesn't stay on all night, and then place it in the room where your dog sleeps. The noise can help your dog relax and sleep, which could boost his overall mental and physical health.
If you don't want to invest in a white noise machine, playing videos of white noise sounds like rain or ocean waves can be a substitute.
Signs you have an anxious dog
Anxious dogs may exhibit more signs of anxiety than simply being afraid of noise. For instance, they might destroy things around the house, soil inside, and get into the garbage when you leave them alone because they have separation anxiety. They may also bark or howl when you aren't home, shiver, dig, run out of the yard, not eat, urinate more often, excessively chew or lick themselves, pant and pace even if it's not hot, or cower in a corner of your house. They could get depressed or aggressive or act like they're restless, too. Along with contacting your veterinarian and asking them for advice, there are some other steps you can take to help your anxious dog.
Other ways to help with anxiety
It's important to train your dog using positive reinforcement and to make sure he's eating a healthy diet and getting at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. Make sure your dog also has plenty of toys and other enrichment activities to occupy his mind and keep stress levels down.
You can also manage stressful situations for your dog. For example, if he runs away when your kids come home from school, you could put him in his crate during that time until your kids calm down. You can also move your dog's crate (if he is crate-trained) or bed to another own room so that he's not around noise and other anxiety-inducing stimulus all the time.
If you've tried training, toys, an anxiety vest, a sound machine, and other remedies that are supposed to help your anxious dog, you should call your veterinarian to see if there are any health issues going on.
A white noise machine could help your dog if he has anxiety. It could calm him down, allow him to have more restful sleep, and reduce his stress levels. If a sound machine and other remedies don't work for his anxiety, however, it's best to get in touch with his veterinarian as soon as possible.