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    Another New Year celebration -another year of fireworks - another year of yet more dogs lost - gone missing. Each year we are told to keep our pets inside - many are frightened by the fireworks. But each year the list grows longer in the local newspaper. When will "adopters", rather than carers ever learn? My girl has learnt that if she's with me, she's safe. She barks at the fireworks, but they won't hurt her.

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    i know what you mean, but the terrible thing is its not just leaving the dogs inside, you need to be with them. i have seen plenty of dogs go through glass windows, wooden doors, wire doors, anything just to get away because they are so scared by themselves. if you have a dog and you love them be home with them when there are fireworks
    "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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    My dogs dont mind fireworks at all and will happily go outside and watch them by themselves.

    Though we wer ehome with them this year. Last year we went out and I popped the dogs in their bedroom which is really a small entry way by the back door with no windows just to be safe while we were out (normally while out I would just leave them outside).

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    You know I lost a TM(my very first) that I had adopted from Yagoona RSPCA only a few weeks after getting him. I was an idot & left him at home with my rottie who I knew had no noise phobias at all. Sammy had seemed a confident easy going boy & had showed no signs that the sound of very distant fire crakers would trumuatise him so bad he'd rip the pads clean off his paws in his escape. Luckily he was found & returned & I learnt a huge lesson.

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    Sorry, but I don't agree with staying home with the dog just because it's scared. I love my dog, but I have a life, and I'm not spending NYE huddled in a corner with her because of some bangs.

    I agree with Lala, if you leave them in a safe environment where they can't escape or hurt themselves then there's no problem.

    People are irresponsible though, I agree with that. The r.s.p.c.a in Ballarat had over 400 animals in the shelter in December, and that was BEFORE Christmas. It's appalling. People need to know their dog and understand them. Training helps too.

    Rox gets scared, not so much now that we went and watched some random ones and she saw what they were. If it's too much I sedate her.

    I'm actually waiting for March / April to come around when the homes are inundated with pups given as presents to get our new addition. Don't get me started on giving pets as gifts. That's irresponsibility at it's best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaz Tarja View Post
    i know what you mean, but the terrible thing is its not just leaving the dogs inside, you need to be with them. i have seen plenty of dogs go through glass windows, wooden doors, wire doors, anything just to get away because they are so scared by themselves. if you have a dog and you love them be home with them when there are fireworks

    Having a dog that is fearfull of storms and fire works is a huge concern.
    Only last week a friends dog jumped out of the second story of their home, the dog was ok after a vet check. Another last year managed to get on top of the car port jumped and broke it's two front legs. It's not a matter of huddling up to them or nuturing the behaviour but being a responsible pet owner.
    I have one that has a fear of both. She devopled it 3 years ago out of the blue.
    I have tried different remedies but now waiting for my "thunder shirt" for her.

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    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?

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    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

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    I'd love to try one of those out on my dogs.

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