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    Haii guys i have somthing to ask...

    My dog hamish is absoloutly scared of heavy rain and thunderstorms, a few months ago we had a huge storm and he ran nearlly a km away from home... last night we had really heavy rain and we slept in side but he wouldnt leave me... he would follow me every were, my mum and dad wont let him slep in my room so hamish sleps in the lounge room and we close the door, he has his own little bed and every thing though i dont no how to make him not so scared..... when i woke up this morning he was curled up on the couch and was hiding under the pillows.. Heres a pic, plz give me any ideas you have!!!

    B.T.W i am sorry the picture is so dark it was early in the morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HamishzMyBoy View Post
    Haii guys i have somthing to ask...

    My dog hamish is absoloutly scared of heavy rain and thunderstorms, a few months ago we had a huge storm and he ran nearlly a km away from home...
    S: Storm phobias can be really hard on dogs, things arise out of the extreme fears they develop that cause us and them heartache.

    last night we had really heavy rain and we slept in side but he wouldnt leave me... he would follow me every were, my mum and dad wont let him slep in my room so hamish sleps in the lounge room and we close the door, he has his own little bed and every thing though i dont no how to make him not so scared..... when i woke up this morning he was curled up on the couch and was hiding under the pillows.. Heres a pic, plz give me any ideas you have!!!

    B.T.W i am sorry the picture is so dark it was early in the morning.
    S: This can be a situation that you need to work through a bunch of steps to cure, reason being is that there are many different triggers that dogs can sense when a storm is coming or active.

    Very serious cases with older dogs often require sedation as they can self harm trying to escape, so it is essential to look at curing this before the dog gets into late maturity if you can.

    What can help is to try and test and see what his triggers are, when a storm is coming, play loud music (if music doesnt scare him). Some dogs simply trigger off the sound. Once identified, sound desenstization CDs are very helpful. We have these but also we have some people who have bought them, solved the dog problem, donate them back to us to give away. So if you need that option ask and I will check if we have any.

    Others trigger off the vibrations through the earth and they can be helped to a degree with foam (100mm thick Clarke Rubber) pad under their beds to dampen this down.

    Others trigger off the ionic change in the weather and these guys can be helped with something known as an anxiety wrap, you can look these up on the net and even make them at home.

    In all cases I prescribe a supplement we have known as Calm, it is very helpful in anxiety driven cases.

    So you need to do some tests first or seek a behaviour specialist in your area if it isnt clear what you need to do...

    Steve
    Steve Courtney, K9 Pro - The K9 Professionals

    www.k9pro.com.au

    Official Forum Trainer and Behaviourist

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    ok Thankz....
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    Have you considered getting him a crate? even though he is inside he still may feel exposed.

    You can cover crate with a blanket so he feels more secure as well. Make it nice soft and warm inside so he has things to snuggle up too. (like he was doing with the couch cushions)

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    omg thankz that is a smart idea i will try it!!
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