Jack Russell Hides From Noises and Hair Dryers

by Lesley

My Jack Russell Nora has always hidden away when I get the laundry In & shake it. Any ideas why she doesn’t like when you blow on her. She is also scared of hair dryers. we have only shown her love & affection since day we had her at 8 weeks old can you help.

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Hi Lesley,

It sounds like Nora may be sensitive to certain types of sounds or movements. Dogs can have individual preferences and fears based on their breed, genetics, and personal experiences. While it's great that you've shown her love and affection since she was a puppy, some dogs may still develop sensitivities or fears despite a loving environment.

Here are a few possible reasons why Nora may be displaying these behaviors:

Sound sensitivity: Some dogs are more sensitive to certain sounds, and the noise of shaking laundry, blowing, or hair dryers could be causing her discomfort or anxiety. Jack Russell Terriers, in particular, are known for their acute sense of hearing, which could make them more sensitive to certain noises.

Negative associations: It's possible that Nora had a negative experience in the past related to one of these sounds or movements, even if it happened before she came to live with you. This could have caused her to develop a fear or anxiety around similar situations.

Instinctive response: Some dogs may naturally be more skittish or cautious around sudden movements or noises, which could be an instinctive response to protect themselves from potential threats.

To help Nora feel more comfortable in these situations, you can try the following strategies:

Desensitization and counter-conditioning: Gradually expose her to the sounds and movements that scare her, starting at a low intensity and slowly increasing the volume or intensity as she becomes more comfortable. Pair these experiences with positive reinforcement, such as treats or praise, to help her create positive associations with the stimuli.

Provide a safe space: Give Nora a designated area in your home where she can retreat to if she feels overwhelmed by any of the sounds or movements that scare her. This can be a crate, a separate room, or a cozy corner with her bed and some toys.

Be patient and consistent: Helping a dog overcome their fears can take time, so it's important to be patient and consistent with your training. Avoid forcing her into situations that scare her and instead, work at her pace to help her feel more comfortable and secure.

Consult a professional: If Nora's fears or anxieties seem to be affecting her quality of life, you may want to consult a professional dog trainer or behaviorist for additional guidance and support.

Remember that every dog is unique, and it's crucial to be patient and understanding as you work with Nora to overcome her sensitivities.


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