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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-21-2013, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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Scared of thunder

Ive only had him a month so this is the first time Ive observed this. Hunter started getting nervous with the distant sound of thunder and clung to me when it got closer and louder. He curled up next to me on the couch and I covered his eyes and held his ears. Didnt last long, only a few minutes, but he seems really frightened of it. A really loud crack would petrify him the poor little gator
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ignore him when he's scared. covering his eyes and ears is just you telling him that he SHOULD be scared of it.
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ignore him when he's scared. covering his eyes and ears is just you telling him that he SHOULD be scared of it.
Ya know what? That makes sense.
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I agree with not making a big deal of it. When mine were younger I took them out in the rain and exposed them to thunder, rain, and lightning in a safe way. Now it can be pouring rain and they run, play, and lay down in the rain outside. None of it bothers any of them.

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Yeah, gonna need to work on MY reaction to it. Good stuff guys, thanx!
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Unless the pup is like 8 weeks old I do feel that with thunder it comes down to nerves. The dog is either scared of it or it isn't. No amount of ignoring will help the dog get over it.
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Unless the pup is like 8 weeks old I do feel that with thunder it comes down to nerves. The dog is either scared of it or it isn't. No amount of ignoring will help the dog get over it.
Yeah, he's almost 3. But yer post still makes good sense, I dont need to reinforce his fears, and just do what I can to minimize it if possible.
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We just had a loud thunder storm come through. The first thunder Kaleb heard he was outside. He jumped and started to try and get away from it. I called him in the house. We were outside, because rain is very rare around here and I love to be out in it. He seemed to be enjoying it as well...right up until the thunder hit.

The second one he tried to jump in my arms. That did not work well. I was standing and he is about 50 pounds. I just told him "you're fine, go lay down, you're fine." No petting. I really don't want him to be freaked out at loud noises. He calmed down and did much better for the rest of the storm.


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We just had a loud thunder storm come through. The first thunder Kaleb heard he was outside. He jumped and started to try and get away from it. I called him in the house. We were outside, because rain is very rare around here and I love to be out in it. He seemed to be enjoying it as well...right up until the thunder hit.

The second one he tried to jump in my arms. That did not work well. I was standing and he is about 50 pounds. I just told him "you're fine, go lay down, you're fine." No petting. I really don't want him to be freaked out at loud noises. He calmed down and did much better for the rest of the storm.
Thats what lm gonna do next time. We live on the gulf coast more or less, so he needs to get used to it.

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I agree with not making a big deal of it. When mine were younger I took them out in the rain and exposed them to thunder, rain, and lightning in a safe way. Now it can be pouring rain and they run, play, and lay down in the rain outside. None of it bothers any of them.
That's what I did. I used to take them out during the 4th of July fireworks and play ball with them...same with thunder and rain. Every time they heard fireworks/thunder/whatever, there was no reaction. I've done that with all my dogs and I've never had a dog who had an issue with noise. Granted, I had them all since puppyhood so I could set them up for success. I did foster work with phobic dogs and it was NOT fun. lol
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