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    Default Scared of Wind?

    Hi guys,

    We seem to have developed a new problem Neros fear of strangers is slowly getting better (recently a male was even allowed to pet him! This was a first!) He still has his moments but all in all he seems to get more confident around people.

    However. I think we may have a new problem. Now he is scared of wind (...!). We're living in on a hill and have two huge gumtrees in front of our house. When it gets windy they lose little bits and pieces (leaves, small branches, not so small branches, huge branches,...) I assume that something must have fallen on him when he was in the yard and now he gets all wimpy when it's windy. Which is pretty much every second day. He wants to sit on my lap/under my desk and is obviously very stressed out by it all. He doesn't want to go outside but doesn't want to stay alone inside either.

    But the worst is at night. We usually have the bedroom window wide open for a nice cool breeze... but now the dog freaks. Jumps on the bed, off the bed, under the doona, out of the bed, on the bed, off the bed... there is no way for anyone to get some sleep this way. I don't want to ban him from the bedroom because I fear we may make it just worse.

    I was just lying outside, in the shade of the gums enjoying a little snooze in the grass with the dog beside me... when a breeze came up. I had to move inside. There is no way I can enjoy myself with a panicking dog climbing all over me And he should actually be tired, as we just had a long walk on the beach with his playmates!

    I don't really know what to do. This time of the year is windy all the time. So far I have just tried to ignore it hoping it would get away. But if anything I find it gets worse. I have never heard of dogs being scared of wind. Thunder... Yes. But wind? Has anyone else a dog scared of wind??? What on earth do I do?

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    margoo

    If the gum trees are dropping bits on him - he's got good reason to be worried.

    Two things you can do -

    1. ignore it, only pat him or acknowledge him if he's behaving how you want him to.
    2. distraction training - ie same as with any distraction. Get some super yummy treats, and start where he can pay attention to you and gradually move out into the breezy area. Have a stash of treats ready if it's calm and likely to get windy. I find that for the first half hour to hour after dawn - that it's the least windy time - and then it gets windier as the sun gets up further - (depending on forecast, but dawn and dusk are change over times for land and sea breezes which tend to blow in opposite directions). So you could start at a time that is fairly calm and work into the windier weather.

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    At night I would consider crating him as then he is not annoying you, he cannot get into any harm by himself if locked out of the bedroom and he is in his safe 'haven'. Also during the day when you are inside and he is annoying you, you can crate him to keep him out of harms way.

    Give him something else to do to take his mind off the wind, i.e. a Kong, a bone or something similar that he really enjoys and perhaps find a specific treat he really likes and use it only when it is windy as he will start to look forward to the wind. (hopefully).

    Otherwise I would just be ignoring it and not letting him climb all over you when he is scared. He is allowed to seek comfort from you but not by climbing into your lap because that in itself can reinforce the fear. Perhaps just gently pushing him off and saying something like "what are you worried about" etc. with indifference to show him that it is really not a big deal. Also have you tried giving him a formal or informal command? such as "sit" or "go and lay down"? and if so does he actually respond?
    "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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    Thanks guys. During daytime I try to distract him as far as my work schedule allows It's rather the nights that are difficult because he won't let us sleep.

    Thanks Kaz for the idea on crating... I didn't think of that! He likes sitting under tables etc. anyway. So if I offer him a safe space with roof he'll probably love it. I had a look at crates in his size and boy are they expensive (and ugly). I think I may have to build a shelter under a table myself...

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    These guys have lots of crates
    Dogs - Vebo Pet Supplies Sydney

    Note they don't deliver to PO Boxes.

    Prices seem reasonable to me.

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    Crazysales.com.au

    They have different crates & sizes. Excellent prices & delivery is cheap too. I have a soft crate & love it. It was under $30 with delivery. I recommend this site to anyone I know looking for a crate.

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