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Does anyone know of some good remedies? He really suffers; shakes, drools, gets that wild look in his eyes, and has to be right next to me like a shadow. I haven't been able to celebrate the Fourth or New Years in forever. Not a big deal for me, but I just don't like to see him suffering. He's my best buddie.

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skimboarder33 (author)2008-07-02

oh yeah all you have to do is before a storm or fireworks start distract you dog start throwing the ball play the radio keep the dog entertained and they wont have time to be scared thats what i dog with my dog. but dont overpraise or over react or anything or the dog will think that there realy is somthing wrong

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skimboarder33 (author)2008-07-02

my dog goes crazy with lightning fireworks... its terrible can anyone help me

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NachoMahma (author)2007-07-04

. Well, the pyros got an early start last night. Lots of firecrackers, a few good aerial reports, and what sounded like some fool with a rifle. . My Pit-mix pretty much ignored the firecrackers and just gave an alert "woof" for the loud stuff. The ACD did pretty good; she alerted on just about everything (normal for her), but didn't get very nervous. . I'm only a couple of miles from the public display tonight, so it may be pretty loud here.

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hrtbr8 (author)2007-07-03

Awsome helmet! I'm considering tranquilizers again, although they didn't really work all that great last yr...(Thanks for the link)

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Weissensteinburg (author)hrtbr82007-07-03

My dog gets scared too, in the past (he's not that extreme, just frightened) one of us will always be inside, with all the doors and blinds shut. Talking to him/giving him treats/rubbing his belly =D

I'm not a huge fan of the tranquilizer idea, unless its fireworks from other people, and the dog really is constantly shaking (like you described)

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> Talking to him/giving him treats/rubbing his belly . Too much of that can be counter-productive. It teaches the dog that, yeah, there really is something wrong. . My female AU Cattle Dog gets nervous during thunderstorms and fireworks, but she seems to calm down quicker if I just act normal (as normal as I can heehee). Maybe a quick pat on the head and a "It's OK, girl." . If you are the alpha, the dog will take it's cues from you; if you're nervous (or acting "abnormally", eg, lots of attention and treats), the dog will be nervous.

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He just doesn't like loud noises, for example, he'll just run over to us, to make sure everything is all right after a particularly loud bit of thunder. And we're not soothing him during fireworks, but distracting him.

>or acting "abnormally", eg, lots of attention and treats), the dog will be nervous.

That's not exactly abnormal...he gets a lot of attention =D

Buck doesn't just calm down on his own, he wants to be with us, so leaving him alone during fireworks will just make him worse.

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> he wants to be with us, so leaving him alone during fireworks will just make him worse. . Yeah. Dogs are pack animals and like to be with the rest of the pack. I find it easier to keep two dogs - it cuts way down on separation anxiety problems.

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hah..my mom would never go for that. Besides, I love being with him :D

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hrtbr8 (author)NachoMahma2007-07-03

Mine is also AU Cattledog (half)...The breed is highly intelligent...Very good sugestions, pretty much how i respond. About 9 yrs ago we went through an "incedent" With an x-husband and his gun on a week-end camping-boating trip. No one was being shot at, just a drunk, a gun, mixed with stupidity!! But we literally had to escape and Bubudog was really quite a hero....But he has never forgot about the gunshots.

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redheadsara (author)2007-07-03

I got Flower Essences for my 2 dogs last year for the 4th. They worked like a charm. It's a blend from petessences.com (I bought at a holistic pet store in Berkeley) and it's made specifically to treat anxiety caused by thunderstorms and fireworks. I started giving it to them about 4 days ahead (you just put drops of the liquid in their water) and by the 4th, they were fine.

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canida (author)2007-07-03

Some people have success playing music to cover / distract from the fireworks. Its success depends on the volume of fireworks, I suppose...

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Kiteman (author)2007-07-03

Keep him indoors? If it's still too loud, and you really don't mind missing the fun, how about a walk in the countryside? Maybe camping?

Hang on this is Instructables - surely somebody can hack a pair of ear defenders to fit a pooch? Maybe fit a pair of the electronic noise-cancelling variety into a helmet like this: http://www.zoomergear.com/ ?

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NachoMahma (author)Kiteman2007-07-03

> ear defenders to fit a pooch? . Great idea, but I think it's a Catch-22 situation - any dog that needs them will be too scared to wear them and any dog that would be comfortable wearing them wouldn't need 'em.

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NachoMahma (author)2007-07-03

. Desensitization and/or confidence building is/are your best bet(s), but you don't have time for that. . 'Bout the only thing to do is keep him away from fireworks. Shouldn't be that hard to do - especially for your best buddie. . Small doses of anxiolytics (Valium, Lorazepam, etc) can be helpful, but, as with humans, are not a long-term fix. Talk to your vet about it.

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