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6 Best Dog Earmuffs to Protect Your Pup From Loud Noises

Dogs’ hearing is way more sensitive than ours. These top-rated earmuffs can help drown out scary sounds such as loud fireworks

by Rebecca Caplan
31 October 2023
Young woman in checkered shirt putting modern wireless headphones on loyal Great Dane dog against gray wall at home.
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Whilst heading into darker and darker nights for the winter can be a depressing thought, the only advantage (for humans, anyway) is that the early evenings and dark night’s provide the perfect backdrop for fireworks. However, your pets might not be as keen on the celebrations.

With Guy Fawkes night hitting soon after the clocks go back, followed by Diwali celebrations and New Year’s Eve just around the corner, it’s a tough few months for our furry friends.

Unfortunately, all the things humans love about watching fireworks – the people and parties, celebrations, loud bangs and exciting flashes – can be quite anxiety-inducing for pups. In worst case scenarios, this perfect storm can lead to them high tailing it out of there. Literally.

There’s tons of advice out there about what you can do to mitigate your pup’s apprehension over loud events such as fireworks. Most of which boils down to keeping pets indoors, giving them lots of treats and love and, for the more anxious pups, talking to your vet about as-needed anti-anxiety medication. However, if you’re looking for a tool that addresses the root of the issue, you might want to consider investing in a pair of earmuffs for your dog. 

See, dogs can hear a lot more than we can (a lot more). Not only can they hear sounds that we can’t, those sounds are also far more intense. So while medication and a licky mat might keep them calmer, it won’t stop loud noises from sounding like fireworks are actually going off inside their head, times a million.

However, the earmuffs on this list can do something to combat this problem, so read on to find the right pair for your pup.

Btw, our editors (and their pets) picked out these products. They’re always in stock at the time we publish, but there’s a chance they’ll sell out. If you do buy through our links, we may earn a commission. (We’ve got a lot of toys to buy over here, you know?)

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Rebecca Caplan

Rebecca Caplan is a writer based in Brooklyn whose work has been featured in The New Yorker, Reductress, and Vulture. She lives in Brooklyn with her perfect, toothless dog Moose.

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