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Fireworks make my Dog Terrifyed Answered

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

10 years ago

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

10 years ago

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

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NachoMahma

11 years ago

. 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

11 years ago

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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Weissensteinburghrtbr8

Reply 11 years ago

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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NachoMahmaWeissensteinburg

Reply 11 years ago

> 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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WeissensteinburgNachoMahma

Reply 11 years ago

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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NachoMahmaWeissensteinburg

Reply 11 years ago

> 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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hrtbr8NachoMahma

Reply 11 years ago

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

11 years ago

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

11 years ago

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

11 years ago

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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NachoMahmaKiteman

Reply 11 years ago

> 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

11 years ago

. 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.