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    Quote Originally Posted by Lala View Post
    I am with you Jucealala (lol lala).

    My dogs are not scared of any noises at all. I personally think it is all in the owners reaction. If the dog shows some fright intially, I think a lot of owners quickly jump up and down showering the dog with "its ok babies" and cuddles to make it feel better which only makes them more scared the next time round.

    The first time fireworks went off for any of my dogs and they reacted, I just ignore them. Now they don't even budge....

    When we were living in NZ, fireworks are still legal, and on Guy Fawkes you can buy your own fireworks to light at home. We would go out and get a bunch and when it got dark let them off in our back yard. It would be me, the OH, the kid and the dogs all sitting watchign them lol. Sometimes the dogs would stay and watch and other times they would just go and wait inside for us.

    Growing up though we did have a border collie who after being locked int he garage on guy fawkes leapt through the garage window (closed slat window) and went missing for 3 days.

    II actually find my neighbours dog hislarious. He is terrified of thunder and lightning (which are common) and is so scared he vomits Lol.....I just couldnt deal with that I dont thnk

    So not funny.
    So many dogs do have a fear, hence the large number of dogs that are picked up and are at the pound the next day. Pounds have to have spare pens scrubbed and ready for when dogs are picked up and always when big storms are predicted.
    Whether they are in the backyard or inside they think it is where they are and that's why they try to escape.
    Dogs have also been known to loose their bowels and rip their pads and so on.
    Some people would nuture and a lot don't. It's a real problem and not nice for the dog or owner.
    Last edited by molly33; 01-06-2011 at 05:48 AM. Reason: spelling

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jucealala View Post
    I'm lucky that Roxie isn't scared of natural noises, thunder, lightning, wind, none of it bothers her. Artificial noises like cars backfiring or fireworks and she is scared.

    I have never heard of a dog going that crazy over fireworks. I don't mean staying home going, 'oh it's ok' while petting them. That's just reinforcing the behaviour.

    How did the dog get out, Molly33?

    Also, what is a thunder shirt?
    The first dog jumped through the flywire screen, onto the decking then jumped.
    The other dog was in the back yard and the block has a slope where the carport backed onto it,. It jumped onto some stuff leaning against the wall onto the top of the roof and then leaped into the front yard. A neighbour driving past the house and saw the dog lying there. The dog recovered.

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    That's madness. Have they sedated the dog if they get that bad? Jackson is an escapo. He's a little houdini. I went through the house and we blocked every imaginable place for him to escape. Mum and I 'left', she drove off in the car and I waited and called him to see if he couldn't escape. He can't. It makes me wonder how these dogs are able to do this?? Roxie freaks out with the noise, I know this, so I got her sedatives.

    I think it is in human reaction too partly.

    I'm glad both dogs were ok.

    How does the thunder jacket work? It applies pressure and calms them down?? Is that like those wrist things you're meant to use on boats and such, like a hair tie with a bobble that sits on your pressure point and 'stops' you from feeling sick. Not sure I want to spend that much money finding out lol. It's an interesting theory though.

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    most of the dogs fear is grounded in the owners original reactions to their fears, especially when they are puppies. but some of it can be genetics as well. my girl, for example, is not so keen on strangers, genetically, i worked long and hard at it and she now accepts most people into my home and when we are out. (before she would lower her head back up etc)

    the fact of the matter is it comes down to people just not caring. or just not knowing their dogs well enough. all of you guys know you dogs so you can leave them inside/outside/locked up somewhere because you know they will be ok. but most of the people out there dont. they just go away and don't think twice about those dogs who end up in shelters with torn up faces from going through fences, torn up pads etc etc
    "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog." - Edward Hoagland

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaz Tarja View Post
    most of the dogs fear is grounded in the owners original reactions to their fears, especially when they are puppies. but some of it can be genetics as well. my girl, for example, is not so keen on strangers, genetically, i worked long and hard at it and she now accepts most people into my home and when we are out. (before she would lower her head back up etc)

    the fact of the matter is it comes down to people just not caring. or just not knowing their dogs well enough. all of you guys know you dogs so you can leave them inside/outside/locked up somewhere because you know they will be ok. but most of the people out there dont. they just go away and don't think twice about those dogs who end up in shelters with torn up faces from going through fences, torn up pads etc etc
    So true hardley any dogs I(who loves storms) have ever owned have been scared of storms yet my partner who is terrified of thunder & lighting seems to always have dogs with noise phobias.
    I was so guilt stricken about our Sammy but many poeple I told about him tearing his pads off laughed & it was so not funny. I never made the mistake again.

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    Our dog was rescue dog and we had her for 3 years before she developed her phobia.
    No nuturing or reaction to us.
    Some just develope it they pick it up way before we do. Storm phobias are one of the most common behavioral problems dog owners face, but their cause is not entirely clear. Behaviorists are not yet sure what part of the storm frightens dogs most, whether they're reacting to lightning flashes, the sound of thunder, wind blowing around the house, or the sound of rain on the roof. Some dogs even start to pace and whine half an hour or more before a storm. They may be reacting to a sudden drop in air pressure or the electrical charge of the air.
    It's not that simple and can develop at any age.

    I don't medicate and some meds actually do more harm than good. I usually give her a dose of Troy Behave Paste which vitamin based sometimes takes the edge off.

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    WE had some big storms in Brisbane just before Xmas and Keira has never had issues with storms but one of them had some serious hail (like bigger than golf balls with spiky bits) and apparently it was quite loud (I was at work, family was home) she was bought inside but got freaked out anyways and since then has disliked the sound of thunder, I know its thunder because when the thunder noise happens she barks and will stop what she is doing, like yesterday I was throwing ball for her and there was some thunder she refused to chase the ball but went and got it once the thunder stopped. Hopefully its just a minor thing and wont progress any further.

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    What an interesting link Brittany, has anyone actually tried one of these yet? if not perhaps Molly will be kind enough to let us know how it works, I don't have any dogs with issues but often hear from people who do, it would be nice to be able to recommend something for them

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    There have been some great results but like everything else it works for some and not so much for others. There is a link somewhere where you can read peoples feed back and there is some footage on you tube of dogs wearing one during storms and fire works.
    Some have found the thunder shirt works when walking with dogs that are over excited or DA .
    Definately will let you know if it works for us.

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