A Good Reason To Not Buy Fireworks

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Why Fireworks Scare Some Dogs but Not Others

by Courtney Sexton/Smithsonianmag.com

Ears back. Body trembling. Hiding in the bathtub or crawling under the bed. The telltale signs of a scared pup are familiar to dog owners, and they’re especially common in summer, when fireworks and thunderstorms can heighten dogs’ anxiety levels. But while the sight of a sparkler sends some dogs tail-tucked and running, others remain unfazed by booms and bangs.

To sort out this canine confusion, dog researchers around the world are investigating what makes dogs react to sounds with fear. Better understanding canine fear behaviors could improve dogs’ quality of life and even help to explain human fear responses.

The sound of fear

Dogs are known for their olfactory prowess, but sound also dictates their experience of the world. Dogs hear more than twice as many frequencies as humans, and they can also hear sounds roughly four times further away. Reacting to every sound would demand too much energy, and so dog brains must determine which sounds are significant and which can be tuned out. This “auditory flexibility” is especially important for working dogs; for example, lives depend on the ability of military dogs and detection dogs to remain calm despite the loud sounds and explosions they may encounter.

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Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – two daughters-in-law; Suzy and Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with husband Gordon Duff, many cats, and two rescue pups.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. We should burn down all those stores, tents and temporary mobile dealers and behead those merchants of anti-islam as according to Allah the merciful. Those caught lighting off fireworks should also be beheaded as it violates Allah’s place in the sky. All alcohol should all so be banned and those who become so drunken should also be beheaded. Praise Allah the merciful!
    Or in other words, lighting off fireworks will soon become politically incorrect as it is a symbol of raycis and misogynist white males, especially all those neo-Nazi/KKK/proud bois. All fireworks stands are to be burned down and the owners beaten. Praise the new revolution. Anyone caught enjoying this raycis/misogynist holiday that promotes white raycis/misogynist with picnics and other raycis/misogynist activities should be beaten.
    Seriously the only problem I have are the drunken yahoos lighting off fireworks and raising hell all night long, especially when I have to get up and 5:00 Am to go to work.

  2. They terrorize veterans trying to recover from PTSD. Sirens and other loud stupid noises also.
    Watching animals makes this completely obvious.
    The rockets red glare , and bombs bursting in air, should be replaced in the anthem.

    I’ve already suggested “The Thrill is Gone” by BB King.

    • By all means. let’s outlaw the July 4th celebration entirely as it is a symbol of slavery and oppression.
      Just imagine a world with no more picnics, no more backyard BBQs, no family get togethers, where dad cooked the burgers and mom served the potato salad. All that gone and instead, replaced by grim, re-education.( and gulags)
      After all, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were written by slave holders, so tear down the Washington memorial, tear down the Lincoln memorial, deface Mount Rushmore and burn both of those rayciss documents.
      That way only true egalitarianism of the ignorant masses will be complete.
      The problem with the left is the idea that someone, somewhere might be enjoying themselves, drives then crazy.