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    Quote Originally Posted by MAC View Post
    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.
    yea efinitely human reactions can have some impact.

    Not in our house though coz weve never had one be scared of thunder storms so when there is one, I dont even look at the dogs (that ight be though coz im usually outside watching the storms LOL)....In fact, if I am going to be ignorantly honest, until about 2 years ago I didnt even know dogs could/would be scared of them. Our neighbours dog was so scared of them he would vomit.

    Will keep an eye on Pippi though and see how we go. Not too concerned about it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lala View Post
    yea efinitely human reactions can have some impact.

    Not in our house though coz weve never had one be scared of thunder storms so when there is one, I dont even look at the dogs (that ight be though coz im usually outside watching the storms LOL)....In fact, if I am going to be ignorantly honest, until about 2 years ago I didnt even know dogs could/would be scared of them. Our neighbours dog was so scared of them he would vomit.

    Will keep an eye on Pippi though and see how we go. Not too concerned about it
    Yeah, since Keira started to get frightened of them I have made sure not to make a big deal of her being frightened, I just continue about my usual business. She is in the house anyways.

    Generally her worst reaction is nervousness, a little bit of shaking, maybe some panting depending on how loud the thunder is.

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    If you do manage to distract her - with a game or food or whatever - that could be a good strategy. Not just attention as you say, but something to try take their mind of their fear and try to get that association between thunder and fun activities happening.

    Apart from that, lots of calming signals - like sighing (not yawning as some sources suggest, my dog pretty much only yawned when she was stressed!) - though that never seemed to have an effect on my old dog, but she was extremely bad.

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    Licking your lips is also a good calming signal.

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    I just carry on with my usual stuff and pretend it isnt even happening ...mostly oz I dont even notice it initially coz its unexpected lol

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