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    Quote Originally Posted by Lala View Post
    Was loving the storm this morning...However, after 2 and almost a half years, Pippi has now decided she is terrified of them.

    It's quite a surprise really...I even remember posting in a thread here not long ago about how none of my dogs have ever been scared of them or fireworks.

    Now I can swallow my words apparently.

    She has heard fireworks and thunder etc plenty and never been worried about it.

    A few weeks ago there were fireworks here and I noticed then she was shaking a bit and panting. Well this morning with the loud thunder she was doing the same. Glued to mine or OHs leg all morning.

    It's kinda weird, been perfectly fine for 2 years and now is scared of them...sill girl LOL
    Have you had her thyroid checked...we had a rescue newfie suddenly had started to be fearful of certain things like thunder. his owners could not be bothered, he landed in Rescue. the first thing we always do is a blood panel and thyroid is part of that. it was out of wack.........When he was on meds for a little while, he became calmer and back to normal.
    he lives happily in a new home now and no longer bothers about thunder.

    Not saying it is thyroid, but sometimes sudden character changes can be due to medical reasons
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    We had a dog show today and just as the group started the heavens opened up, it absolutely bucketed down then there was a big clap of thunder... A lot of people made a hasty retreat with their dogs because they were freaking out.

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    Newfsie thanks for that, will definitely keep that in mind.

    I think perhaps K&P could be right though and it may be due to the move perhaps. This is a new house and apart from coming home with us when she was 8 weeks we had lived in the same house her whole life.

    But, I will keep an eye on thyroid...she is due for jabs soon so perhaps I will get that checked then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crested_Love View Post
    We had a dog show today and just as the group started the heavens opened up, it absolutely bucketed down then there was a big clap of thunder... A lot of people made a hasty retreat with their dogs because they were freaking out.
    And mine would be for the rain.....we were at a huge show in August and mine thought the rain, mud, thunder were fun
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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    And mine would be for the rain.....we were at a huge show in August and mine thought the rain, mud, thunder were fun
    They either love it or hate it! Mum's Basset just kept looking at the sky going "where's that coming from?" then bouncing

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    Harley never use to be scared of storms until the freak storm that happened the day QLD flash flooded back in January, we were living near Gatton at the time so were right in the middle of it. Ever since then he gets really edgy and wants to hide under beds/legs or in a corner. Bella on the other hand will run around out in the middle of a storm and not give a toss! lol

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    My lil fella doesnt have a problem with the thunder and storms... he will occasionally bark at the thunder if is happens suddenly and unexpected by then he just goes on his way.

    But a mate of mine has a Staffy probs 10 yrs old, Maz, and she absolutely freaks when a storm is on its way. Its nuts she will start getting agitated when we don't even know the storm is approaching and then the heavy panting and shaking starts. She cant stay in one place to long and will pace the house/ room whatever. My friend has had Maz since she was about 2 and apparently it happens every time there is a storm.

    We have been doggy sitting and with the recent storm I found it quite distressing to she her all freaked out. I read up and spoke to people about ways to try help but nothing seems to work with her. You can even entice her to her favorite toy or treat or anything. She is just too freaked out to concentrate on anything.

    Have not tried training her with a tape of 'storm noises' this is something her owner will have to try over a longer period of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brock's Mum View Post
    My lil fella doesnt have a problem with the thunder and storms... he will occasionally bark at the thunder if is happens suddenly and unexpected by then he just goes on his way.

    But a mate of mine has a Staffy probs 10 yrs old, Maz, and she absolutely freaks when a storm is on its way. Its nuts she will start getting agitated when we don't even know the storm is approaching and then the heavy panting and shaking starts. She cant stay in one place to long and will pace the house/ room whatever. My friend has had Maz since she was about 2 and apparently it happens every time there is a storm.

    We have been doggy sitting and with the recent storm I found it quite distressing to she her all freaked out. I read up and spoke to people about ways to try help but nothing seems to work with her. You can even entice her to her favorite toy or treat or anything. She is just too freaked out to concentrate on anything.

    Have not tried training her with a tape of 'storm noises' this is something her owner will have to try over a longer period of time.
    That's what my old dog was like. It is distressing to watch. And even more so because there is nothing you can do to make them feel better. All I did was make sure she had access to some places to hide, but she would never stay in one spot for long either. I made her a bed in the bottom of my wardrobe. I once tried to lock her into an internal laundry without windows but she nearly broke down the door after 5 minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brock's Mum View Post
    My lil fella doesnt have a problem with the thunder and storms... he will occasionally bark at the thunder if is happens suddenly and unexpected by then he just goes on his way.

    But a mate of mine has a Staffy probs 10 yrs old, Maz, and she absolutely freaks when a storm is on its way. Its nuts she will start getting agitated when we don't even know the storm is approaching and then the heavy panting and shaking starts. She cant stay in one place to long and will pace the house/ room whatever. My friend has had Maz since she was about 2 and apparently it happens every time there is a storm.

    We have been doggy sitting and with the recent storm I found it quite distressing to she her all freaked out. I read up and spoke to people about ways to try help but nothing seems to work with her. You can even entice her to her favorite toy or treat or anything. She is just too freaked out to concentrate on anything.

    Have not tried training her with a tape of 'storm noises' this is something her owner will have to try over a longer period of time.

    There are thundershirts ( some really good reviews) and some calmatives...Rescue remedy and chamomile or if really bad, see a behaviourist vet and they will give some prescribed meds. I think if it has been happening for ten years, it might be a little late to start using the thunder tapes. they work well with youngsters no so set in a habit and are great for puppies to prevent the problem
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    It's not uncommon for dogs to develop a fear of thunder etc once matured, I think as young dogs it sometimes just doesn't register.

    I'm lucky that non of mine react to thunder even though the house we have now has a few window that really rattle during a storm.

    Also I think we often look at our dog just to make sure they still don't have a reaction to storms and the dog that is hesitating wondering if this is something to worry about or not can just tip over the edge to scared if we give them even the tiniest hint.

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