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    Unhappy Scared Dog?

    Hi Everyone,

    Just wanted to ask, has anyone else got a really skittish and scared dog when it comes to loud noises? Or wind? My cattle dog is petrified of the wind! I think it was because we had this big umbrella out on the deck and on a really windy day it got blown over and he ran off yelping because he got scared. But last night we had a party and some of the balloons popped, and we couldn't find him for the rest of the night!!
    He wouldn't even come when we called him for a treat! I went looking for him and found him cowering in the corner of his cubby house, shaking like a little leaf! I felt so sorry for him!! How can I get him to not be so scared? Anyone else had a similar experience?

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    Poor little bub.

    You have to remember that if you offer comfort to him when he's doing this it can reinforce his concern that there is something to fear. Hard as it is, it's best not to go give him a cuddle and soothing words. All that does is make him worry that you too are worried about it.

    You can try desensitising him by working with him on a lead - like basic obedience stuff. Once he has some basics under his belt, get someone to make loudish noises, and just keep working with him. If he freaks out, keep walking, talk and encourage him with basic commands that he knows like "come on" or "heel".

    Your confidence will give him confidence.

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    Yeah, my dog Isaac doesn't like the rain or wind he always is hidding somewhere shaking. I feel so sorry for him I always give him a few treats.
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    Thanks Natty, I'll try that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    Poor little bub.

    You have to remember that if you offer comfort to him when he's doing this it can reinforce his concern that there is something to fear. Hard as it is, it's best not to go give him a cuddle and soothing words. All that does is make him worry that you too are worried about it.

    You can try desensitising him by working with him on a lead - like basic obedience stuff. Once he has some basics under his belt, get someone to make loudish noises, and just keep working with him. If he freaks out, keep walking, talk and encourage him with basic commands that he knows like "come on" or "heel".

    Your confidence will give him confidence.
    This is great advice

    By comforting/rewarding him during any negative behaviour your are telling him it's good to feel the way he is...

    During storms, fireworks etc mine are all inside and if they show any signs of fear or anxiety i distract them/ignore them.

    I know people who play with their dogs and engage them at a high level during storms...The storm becomes a cue, dogs pick up all their toys and demand a game

    Very sweet! Good luck Ally

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