Hi dog barking at storm

Hi i have an australian terrier , he is 12 years old when ever there is a storm he runs around the yard chasing and barking at the thunder , the only way we can stop him is by drugging him . Has anyone got any idear's how to stop him.

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Ninzerbean8 years ago
Well one thing NOT to do would be to try to calm him down by saying "it's alright, good boy, it's OK, you're ok" etc. This is like a reward for what he is doing. Could you try putting him on a leash when there is a storm and snapping the chain and saying "NO!" when he tries to bark and run? For every period of time that he is relaxed you could reward him, say after 30 seconds, after a minute. What is happening here is that he is barking to make the thunder go away and guess what? It is working. He thinks he is being super effective. You just need to get through to him that his "job" is not what you need. It is why dogs bark at the mailman - they bark and the mailman goes away, so the dog thinks he is being a great watchdog. He thinks "wow, I am really good at this because when ever I bark at that guy he leaves!" Shaking a coffee can with pennies and nails inside (loud noise) can work as a deterrent when your voice alone is not strong enough to convey to the dog that you are unhappy with his actions. Shake the can and say "No!" at the same time. Maybe you could help me with house breaking my puppy if this works for you. He is a weiner dog, 10 months old and I am really having trouble.
. Great answer(s). The mailman example is hilarious. . > Shaking a coffee can with pennies and nails . Getting hit in the butt with a small beanbag or a squeaky toy gets their attention, too. It doesn't hurt (unless you are a professional baseball pitcher), but when they are concentrating on the "threat," it will surprise the dickens out of 'em. . > house breaking . Unless your dog has a physical/mental problem of some sort, housebreaking is usually very easy. With some dogs, it's almost automatic. . Dogs do not like to soil the areas where they sleep. Start by confining the dog so that his whole world is where he sleeps. Take him out at regular intervals and praise profusely when appropriate actions are taken. At first, you may have to keep a very close eye on the dog (they usually do some sniffing around before actually s/h'ing; watch for it) and as soon as you see it squat/hike, put the dog outside. Say "No. No. No." (you're going to anyway heehee), but not in a harsh, scolding manner - just enough to let it know that something's not right - while scooping up the dog and placing outside. Profuse praise for desired behavior. Restrict access to water (be careful, dogs need a lot of water) and take outside shortly after they drink (I forget how long it takes. ~1 hr? Google is your friend.). Gradually expand the area of the house the dog has access to - hopefully, she will start considering the whole house her bedroom. . Dogs usually pick a favorite spot(s) to relieve themselves. If the dog is not showing any interest in elimination (and you're sure it's time), place her in that spot(s). Profuse praise. . You may be able to get away with just starting the dog on a regular schedule of outside time (timed with meals and water) with eagle-like vigilance for sniffing/squatting/hiking in between. . Did I mention praising proper behavior? :)
I have been doing everything you have suggested except the saying "no no no" in a non harsh manner. I will change that. I have always prided myself on being a great dog trainer so I know all the basic stuff - this little guy is such a scallywag! He runs and hides and poops and then comes running to me all happy like he is so proud of himself and I know it's time to go find where he has pooped. Obviously I need to start all over with confining him to an area. Thank you for taking the time to offer your suggestions.
. You need to learn his behaviors that mean "I'm lookin' for a place to relieve myself" and let him out before he has a chance to mess up your house. They will usually start sniffing and casting around.
NachoMahma8 years ago
. Do something to take his mind off the storm. Have a training session, play time, whatever. . If a dog thinks you are the Alpha (pack leader) he/she will look to you for guidance on how to react. "If The Boss is not worried about the storm, there's no reason for me to be" (see Ninzerbean's comment). Basic obedience training will establish you as Alpha (and makes living with a dog soooooo much easier). . Some dogs, especially among the smaller ones (eg, AU Terriers), are just high-strung. My AU Cattle Dog will bark when a squirrel farts in the backyard. . If he's been doing this for 12 years, it's probably going to take a while to break the habit. Ninzerbean's method sounds like it should work well, but don't get impatient.