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    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

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    How strange.... Tonka ( not so Tuff now apparently ) decided the same thing in our storm last night! He's about 15 months now and its never worried him before. The only thing I could think of was maybe the storm sort of caught them unawares? I know with ours it scared the bejeebus out of me as well as it was so unexpected.
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    There was a storm the first time we brought Lacey home. She didn't care and hasn't since.

    Its me that is scared of them...

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    Star's the same, she finds somewhere to lie flat on the ground during storms and patiently waits it out.

    She used not to care either when she was young, her ears might be getting more sensitive as she ages lol.
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    Oskar was a bit wary everytime thunder happened this morning, he would stop whatever he was doing and pay attention to the noise, and there is no chance of getting him to go and do wees outside in the rain lol, but i must admit, he has been on our bed all night and morning lol

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    That's interesting. I know they can pick up the vibe from other dogs that are scared, but I didn't know it could just come on like that as they age.

    My 10 month old seems to be fine. My old dog was absolutely terrified of thunderstoms, fireworks and eventually any loud noise really. It's a pain the proverbial. I used to sometimes have to prevent her from trying to squeeze herself into spaces that were clearly too small for her. And she bolted a few times when we were out and heard a fire cracker or sudden thunder.

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    Lala could be because you have moved house now and she isn't feeling as comfortablle/safe as she was n your previous home. Maybe when you all settle in some more she will be ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keira & Phoenix View Post
    Lala could be because you have moved house now and she isn't feeling as comfortablle/safe as she was n your previous home. Maybe when you all settle in some more she will be ok.
    Ahhh, that's a really good point actually. We have only been here 6 weeks or so, so you could be right there.

    Will be interesting to see if she goes back to normal or whether this becomes a permanent fear

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    The very first time Murphy heard thunder he was scared and barked at it.
    But never to be one that back away from it. He just never knew where he should be barking.
    So I would say this was a sort of scared of it.
    The next time it happened he was way better as it only barked at the first few then laid down and never gave it another thought. But I was watching his ears as he laid down. And they were twitching to each clap of thunder.
    I say he is okayish with them. But we need a new lot to see if he doesn't care at all now.

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