Does your dog go absolutely crazy?

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    Jan 01, 2009 2:07 AM GMT
    As almost natural with any festivity, people LOVE to use fireworks to mark certain events such as July 4th, and New Years. Although, while they are having fun, my dog is sticking to me like glue as if the apocalypse is going down. icon_eek.gif Does anyone have any similar experiences?
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    Jan 01, 2009 2:09 AM GMT
    Yes, the dog I had growing up was very afraid of the sudden noises produced by fireworks. Also thunder. Lots of dogs are, it really scares them.
  • Timbales

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    Jan 01, 2009 2:11 AM GMT
    She's old now, but even when she was young she didn't get freaked out unless it was really really loud.
  • dfrourke

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    Jan 01, 2009 2:17 AM GMT
    I don't know...I'll find out tonight I guess...I have only had Berkeley for 24 hours...he's only 1 year old and fairly excitable, but I have tried to wear him out so he sleeps most of the night...

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    Jan 01, 2009 2:25 AM GMT
    Aww.. . a new puppy. Such a cute name too! icon_razz.gif
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    Jan 01, 2009 2:31 AM GMT
    When there's a big thunder storm, or sometimes target shooting, my brother's dogs run across the farm, almost a mile up the hill to my house, in through my pet door, and charge down to my basement. When they started doing this, I'm fairly certain that they'd never actually been in my basement before, so I'm not sure how they knew it was there. Maybe there's some sort of doggy scent marker for "fallout shelter."
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    Jan 01, 2009 5:48 AM GMT
    My last dog, Meddy, a German Shepherd/Border Collie mix, was not afraid of the noises, unless he was asleep before they went off.
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    Jan 01, 2009 5:50 AM GMT
    nope, my dog as a kid was more scared of getting in trouble for being scared then being scared.
  • beaujangle

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    Jan 01, 2009 6:02 AM GMT
    YES! My labrador goes berserk & I'm not exaggerating.

    Things have gotten so bad that I had to consult my vet. He prescribed tranquilizers which was expensive and didn' t help.

    So we have to live with it .....
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    Jan 01, 2009 8:48 AM GMT
    I had a Bouvier---beautiful 100 lb brutus of a dog that would turn into a shivering mess with fireworks---to the point where I'd have to take her to an inside walk-in closed and sit on the floor cross-legged holding her.
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    Jan 01, 2009 9:00 AM GMT
    My dog gets scared at any loud sounds. He normally doesn't come inside the house when the door's open...but once it gets loud he runs right on in.
  • Abe13

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    Jan 01, 2009 9:07 AM GMT
    Yes. My black cocker-spaniel and lab mix is 12 and still runs around barking like a puppy when the fireworks start. It is funny...as long as it is outside!
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    Jan 01, 2009 1:36 PM GMT

    Teaching dogs to be relaxed around loud noises is a bit like training a boyfriend to tolerate listening to music I like and he doesn't.

    For the dog:'

    Find Out The Source Of His Fear
    The first step is observation. Is it just thunder that causes your buddy to shake and shiver? Or is it other noises as well? Noises such as the engine rumble of a transport going by, a gunshot, thunder and loud bangs or deep voices are all common causes of noise anxiety. Identify which one bothers your dog the most.

    Create A Positive Association
    The next step is to set about an association reaction. Hear the thunder coming? Before the tremors set in, haul out the dog treats. Before your dog gets to the cowering point, hand out a treat for every second he does NOT try to run. If he stays in a "sit" reward him. Sometimes owners unwittingly reward the fear reaction, encouraging their dog to BE fearful.

    Build Up To The Noise Gradually
    Set up a tape recorder, and record the worst of the thunder noises (or other noises that cause the fear). Pick a day when you can put up with it, and playback the recordings, starting on a low volume setting, and get louder gradually. As the noise continues, your dog will experience a less intense reaction. I should emphasize that you increase the volume GRADUALLY.

    For the boyfriend:

    Without explaining what you are doing, play the music you like and immediately deliver superb sexual gratification. Repeat often. He'll learn to love your music. I promise.
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    Jan 01, 2009 1:37 PM GMT
    My dog was asleep on the living room floor when the fireworks started going off last night. There was one very loud BOOM....he woke up, looked over at me, farted, and put his head back down and went back to sleep.

    The funny thing was, all night long he kept looking at me like "WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO GO TO BED?!? IT'S WAY PAST MY BEDTIME...PLEASE KICK THESE PEOPLE OUT!" His horrible fart pretty much signalled the end of the party. Everyone went into the kitchen and left shortly thereafter.

    Way to go Loki!
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 01, 2009 3:23 PM GMT
    FIreworks really aren't much of a problem for either of my beagles.... actually Buddy can handle them very well and we can walk right by an area where they are being shot off.

    Mia hates the vacuum cleaner. If I get it out she will shoot out of the room.
    Neither are afraid of the lawn mower either.

    I guess I'm pretty lucky.
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    Jan 01, 2009 3:54 PM GMT
    tommysguns> Everyone went into the kitchen....

    You had a party where (before the dog farted) people weren't congregating in the kitchen?
    Weird. (:


    Remus, the metrosexual Plott Hound, is usually pretty skittish but isn't really bothered by them. Too far away to be concerned about. Also he had a view of firecrackers on July 4th a year and a half ago at my sister-not-in-law's house. So he knows it's just a bunch of nothing.

    The beeping of the George Foreman grill, on the other paw, must remind him of the invisible fence shock collar. Even the smell of the food doesn't bring him out from underneath my desk in the basement.


    Nana, who is part pit bull, was barking last night at the sound of firecrackers. She wants at them. Back at the fireworks show at my partner's sister's house, I had to hold her down lest she charge them and most likely try to mouth them (the smart Shepherd half of her takes the back seat when she acts spontaneously).


    The hospital's survial flight also flies above our house several times a day, but neither mind that.
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    Jan 01, 2009 4:06 PM GMT
    Guys... do what I did and got doggie sedatives from the vet. Safe and they also work on long trips in the car. They were a blessing during the Katrina evacuation.