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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-04-2014, 06:19 AM Thread Starter
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Female GSD afraid of thunder

My female GSD is terrified of thunder and loud noises, i will usually hug her and speak softly to calm her down, i was wondering if anyone else here had suggestions on what you do?
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Thunderstorms can be scary for dogs with anxiety | Patricia McConnell | McConnell Publishing Inc.

Above is some information regarding counter conditioning your dog to help with fear of thunder

And some threads below. I'm sure someone will come along with some more ideas. Good luck with your girl.

Scared of thunder Thunder Training is Helping!

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Be careful not to coddle your dog when she's afraid. I understand the temptation, but you can be inadvertently increasing your dog's anxiety if you're acting like you're upset about it too.

You can probably look into doing some counter-conditioning to loud noises. Sometimes with thunder it's harder, they can sense the different smells, barometric pressure changes etc, but it sounds like it's strictly a noise sensitivity, so you might be able to work on it.
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Thunder shirts have helped alot of dogs. You can google them and find multiple sights and ususally some reviews.

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There is nothing wrong with comforting a scared dog during a thunderstorm. There was as study a couple of years ago that showed it actually helped and does not, as previously thought, reinforce fear or increase anxiety.

My girl has become scared of loud noises as she ages. She will usually crawl under my desk and will stay there as long as I'm there. If what you are doing helps her, then keep doing it. I would maybe move her to an inner room that she will have access to when you are not there so she learns to go to that room.

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