Dog owners have this one observation every time they sneeze: they get jumped on by their dogs. Maybe It is the obvious reason that dogs get startled with your loud sneeze. Some dog owners say their dogs would jump on them and then stare at them like they did something terribly wrong. Sometimes we also wonder if we scare them with our sneezing. We can’t help but worry most especially with the upcoming allergy season.
We do know that when we sneeze, there is an immensely forced expulsion of air through our noses and mouths. There are even studies saying a sneeze has a maximum velocity of ten miles per hour. At this rate, a sneeze can sometimes be a little too violent. Although there are quiet sneezes, there could also be super loud ones. We all know dogs are sensitive when it comes to sound. So if caught unaware when their owners sneeze, they will really get startled and jump. Dogs will react to sneezes differently. There are dogs who will jump up, there are dogs who will jump on their owners.
Others are observed to bark excessively in alarm. Chances are, when your dogs jump on you after sneezing, he or she is just checking if you are okay. He or she may be checking to see if something is wrong with you. They cannot reconcile the fact that it is just a simple sneeze or reaction—for them it is a plea for help or a cry of pain. Sometimes they also associate a loud sneeze with playtime.
They think the loud sneeze is exciting and they react like they are ready for some playtime. That is also the reason why they bark excessively—they want to join the loud party.
In the event that your dog gets scared, startled or overly too excited every time you sneeze, you can try to find ways to condition him to the sound of your sneeze. One of these is this fun trick of giving them a treat. When you sneeze you can go ahead and drop a tasty snack or treat. This way you condition him to the sound of your sneeze.
Eventually, he or she will get used to the sound of your sneeze may it be a timid one or a violent one. It will even excite him because he will think it is treats time every time you sneeze. You can try another method: when you sneeze, you can throw his favorite ball or other toy away from you, distracting him or her from the sound of your sneeze. This is, however, a difficult method for a dog owner can’t really guarantee to keep their dog’s toy on hand every time they sneeze.
In these cases, they can just muffle their sneezes to avoid a loud expulsion. They can try sneezing into their hands. You can improve your dog’s tolerance for sneezes by exposing them to the sound, eventually they will know for a fact that sneeze is just a regular body reaction, and that it means absolutely no harm.