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JerryLeeK9 07-08-2014 11:04 AM

Fireworks Question
Hello all,

I rescued Jerry Lee about 6 months ago and he is amazing. Easily the coolest dog out of everyone I know and I am constantly reminded by friends (and the vet!).

Jerry is not phased by much of anything. Not vacuuming, not loud thunder, other dogs barking at him... never pays any of that ANY mind. Pretty much nothing phased him until July 4th.

Out of nowhere he seemed to start whining and shaking, I then realized there was some very weak sounding fireworks all the way down my street. It amazed me how shook up he got when I could barely hear them over the TV. They were pretty faint but JL was surely upset by them.

How is it that loud thunder and vacuuming right next to his head doesn't even phase him but the faintest of fireworks can send him over the top in fright?

(And yes, I know pretty much all dogs hate fireworks but these were very weak and far away... kiddy fire works down the street)

Anyone else experience this? He is fine with serious thunder but hates weak fireworks, even in the distance? I'm beginning the think he had a trauma when he was stray...

blackshep 07-08-2014 12:44 PM

I wonder if they sound like gun shots? Maybe he had a bad experience in his past?

Poor guy :(

Pioneer53 07-08-2014 09:02 PM

We have a rescue dog (not GSD) like that, or was... :) Okay with thunder, not with fireworks. A year of relationship and tug play training and she totally ignored the fireworks this year.

Micheal Ellis is super on tug and relationship training: Leerburg On Demand | The Best Source of Free Dog Training Videos On the Web Lots of free videos to sift through before deciding to make a DVD purchase.

Suzanne Clothier Suzanne Clothier | Relationship Centered Dog Training and Susan Garrett Say Yes Dog Training are other very good relationship based trainers to check out.

HarleyTheGSD 07-08-2014 09:06 PM

I agree, it sounds as though he has had a bad experience with fireworks or gunshots.
Sorry your guy is dealing with this. :(

JerryLeeK9 07-11-2014 04:11 PM

Yea and our neighbors like to celebrate the 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th and 10th of July too. May have to express myself later!

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Zeeva 07-11-2014 04:14 PM

Yes I've the same problem. I use these: mutt muffs...

brembo 07-11-2014 04:34 PM

I took the 4th off this year to make sure my female was okay with fireworks. I wasted my paid time off....she slept thru the barrage of mortars and bottle rockets my neighbors unleash each year.

My male is unfazed by fireworks(gun fire will send him inside tho), my female whined a bit and sought my lap. I re-directed her for a few mins and she seemed to get the idea that aside from the bangs nothing was untoward. She curled up next to my male and zonked out.

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