|10-21-2013 11:30 AM|
|10-21-2013 11:13 AM|
Make sure you don't "coddle" (ohhhhh pooooor baaaabyyyy! LOL) when she/he is afraid of something. They will think you are afraid too. You could get out their favorite toy, run around or do something crazy/out of the ordinary with the toy to get their mind off of the sound.
I sent a "noise" CD of fireworks, gun shots, thunder storms and bombs etc. to our breeder when the pups were born and asked her to play it every day while increasing the volume.
You could do the same "desensitization" with your dog by playing a noise sound-tract each time she/he eats to associate something good with the noise. Just make sure you start out with very low volume and increase the sound a little each week.
Hope this helps!
|10-21-2013 10:05 AM|
|arycrest||My guys aren't bad during lightning storms or fireworks, not really 100% great either. Bruiser had mega-problems when he was younger, but isn't too bad now (at least he stopped trying to climb up me like a cat climbs a tree). Slider and Faith don't seem to mind them too much.|
|10-20-2013 07:08 PM|
I think most of the dogs that are ok with loud noises the reason comes down to genetics and how stable the temperament is. Delgado was never around fireworks until he was 5 months and I took him with me to the fireworks show on Canada Day. He watched the sky and even settled in to sleep for part of the show. Same thing with gun shots, he's heard them multiple times and never reacted to them.
I think you can help make them more comfortable by taking it slow if they show signs of aversion, but to make them completely comfortable it may or may not be possible.
|10-20-2013 12:59 PM|
|Nigel||None of mine react to thunder, gun shots, or fireworks. They've been exposed to all three, but never reacted. I'm not sure if we did something to condition them to not care or if its just them. My hunch is we enjoy all three and our reactions are excited/happy so maybe they read this, IDK. We took them to the local 4th of July celebration when they were young, kids were happy, we were happy, all in all it was fun event and I would guess our dogs associated it as fun as well, same thing with shooting or a good thunder storm, love watching them. If they can feel down the leash then why not in these other situations. Just my in experienced take on it.|
|10-20-2013 09:39 AM|
with the dog in house i use to light fire crackers in the backyard.
the dog was in the livingroom. my GF was inside with the dog so
she could observe his reaction. sometimes while the dog was in the
livingroom i would light the fire crackers in the front yard. after sometime
sometimes my GF would bring the dog outside. my GF would take the dog
to the front yard and i would light the fire crackers in the backyard.
over a period of time i gradually got closer to the dog when lighting the
fire crackers. to help with sudden loud noises i use to fill a bucket
with silverware and drop it on the kitchen floor. i did this at all different
times. sometimes the dog was eating, laying on the sofa, just near by,
sleeping in another room, etc. a few times a potato gun was shot right
next to him and he didn't react. like anything else, association. put the
dog in situations where he hears fire crackers, gun shots, loud noises,
sudden noises in the house, construction sites, the noise and movement
from being in center city, etc.
|10-20-2013 03:04 AM|
war dogs come back with ptsd but i dont think its from loud noises like rifle fire or explosions unless the explosion is danger close. they train in that stuff every day. i know a kennel that specializes in war dogs have a speaker exposing their pups to rifle fire sounds as early as 6 weeks.
some dogs are just sound sensitive and others arent. i dont think you can "train" a dog to be ok with fireworks or thunder. i had a 12 week old pup that was peeing outside and heard a loud clap of thunder and stopped peeing midstream and ran inside. i have another 12 week pup that sat through a super close firework show wanting to chew on my shoe and could care less about the loud booms overhead (some of which startled me).
|10-20-2013 02:28 AM|
I have a 6 month old mix and I am doing my best to try to make sure fireworks don't make her bolt for the hills. Tonight my lovely neighbor set some fireworks off while we were in the yard (thanks for the heads up! &%&^$%&) and I had my pup on leash so she was relatively easy to control no mad bolt. The first thing she did was go alert (the fireworks were in the front of the yard we were at back fyi) and let out a few barks which surprised me and then I could tell she wanted inside cause she started going towards the door quickly. I acted like nothing was wrong and we did two quick sits on our way to the door because I really wanna try and keep some focus.
She was agitated in the house for a few mins so I tried distracting her a little then just went about tidying up (which creates a little noise and she calmed down after a few mins and I actually really think that helped). I want to know if anyone else has any ideas or tricks?
How do dogs at war handle the explosions and live fire? I know some poor dogs come back with PTSD but I see some dogs just chill as ice beside their handler while they are shooting? Anyone have any experience in this?
At the end of the day if she does not get comfortable with the noise it is not something I would force her to get over or make a big deal of but because I have her so young I just wonder if I lay the right foundations that she won't get stressed?