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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 07-15-2008, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thunder, Lightning, and Fireworks...

Camaro is extremely afraid of Thunderstorms and Fireworks... He always retreats to the bathrooms or even the walk-in shower. If we are out on a walk he will try to pull me home if he hears anything like thunder or a loud firework.

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Re: Thunder, Lightning, and Fireworks...

and I forgot to ask if there are any known techniques that can alleviate him of this fear. he's 3.5 human years old now. and has always been afraid. I think it has gotten so bad that we will not even go on walks alot of the time because he thinks that a firework will go off during the walk. he's constantly avoiding certain areas in my new neighborhood and pulling me back home.


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Re: Thunder, Lightning, and Fireworks...

Thunderstorms don't bother either pup. Fireworks don't bother Shya at all. Chevy used to be terrified with fireworks but they don't seem to bother him much anymore at all which is good!

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Re: Thunder, Lightning, and Fireworks...

Sean is afraid of both thunder and fireworks but probably even more so of thunder. I guess you could rationalize that by saying fireworks are not typically all year round.

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Re: Thunder, Lightning, and Fireworks...

Mitzi is afraid of any strange / loud sounds. It didn't help that a couple of years ago the neighbors catty-corner to us set off firecrackers all day/night long, a couple of times when I had just taken her outside to pee. - IMMEDIATE return to the house, practially dragging me. -
We live within sound of the main roadway thru our area, and *any* strange noise from cars/trucks/motorcycles/emergency vehicles / construction / you-name-it, and she's pulling for the house.

The thunderstorm issue is bad enough that she starts pacing or trying to hide up to 15 minutes before we start to hear anything, and sometimes it doesn't even have to be thunder and lightning. - Even a good, heavy downpour will trigger her anxiety. With observing that she's either trying to dig her way to China thru my bathtub, or trying to fit herself into a space where there's no way she'll fit, we've decided that the best place for her to feel most comfortable is in her kennel, with the cover on. - It's enclosed, dark and away from most all of the noise.

This also goes as far as her not liking the flash from a camera - we don't know if her being the main picture-subject from 4 people with digital cameras in the same household made her not like lightning, or if lightning made her not like the camera flash....

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Re: Thunder, Lightning, and Fireworks...

Both Deejay and Fluffy are not bothered by Thunderstorms or Fireworks & both have passed gun shy tests.
Funny Deejay will sleep while a Thunderstorm is going on, but he watches Fireworks he will look up to the sky after the bang.
I think he likes them

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Re: Thunder, Lightning, and Fireworks...

Gunner is terrified of thunder. One little rumble, way off in the distance, is enough to have him clinging to me and shivering. I've tried to redirect his attention and play with him during storms, so he'd hopefully start to associate them with something good. No luck. He's always too upset to want any part of it. I've even tried starting the playtime a little before I know a storm is coming and it works great until he hears the first rumble. Then it's all over. I've just resorted to basically stopping whatever I'm doing to sit with him during storms. Seems to be the only thing that calms him at all.

He doesn't like fireworks at all, either, but he doesn't seem to be afraid of them. It's more like they make him mad. He'll run from window to window, fur up, barking his head off.

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Re: Thunder, Lightning, and Fireworks...

Jesse when the first thunderstorms hit we turned it into a game and a fun thing with play and treats and commands all rolled into one and now no fear at all even with the worst ones we act like nothing is going on and throw a ball and give him a really good chew. Fireworks in May we took him close to some going off in our park and played with a stick and plastic bottles and chased and had a grand old time near end he just watched the pretty things going up in the air while we did in fun 'Oh" and "Ah" "aren't they pretty" in play voices. On July 1st we took him to city fireworks and a little girl we don't know lied on his back and watch the fireworks while he chewed a bone like nothing was going on.

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Re: Thunder, Lightning, and Fireworks...

Brady isn't scared at either thunder or fireworks
he will bark when he hears either one

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Re: Thunder, Lightning, and Fireworks...

All three of my pups are just fine with loud sounds. Gun shots and artillery included.

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