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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-27-2010, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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Noise Anxiety of Olympic Proportion!

Well, the Winter Olympics are coming to town in just over two weeks. Part of this includes all sorts of celebrations and events as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

Some of these cultural events are taking place no more than two blocks from my house - the Heineken Holland House, and something called the OZone - where there will be nightly concerts for the duration of the games and *insert ominous music here* FIREWORKS on no less than three occasions.

Poor little Stogie has a serious fear of loud noises, which includes vacuums, fireworks, skateboards, and now fighter jets (the Canadian military has full use of the local airspace for the duration of the Olympics and are free to fly about whenever and wherever they want).

Stogie is an apartment dog, so we go for bathroom strolls every few hours. But his instinct when he hears a loud noise is to RUN... He just starts running faster than a speeding bullet and nothing will stop him except reaching the end of the leash. And once he hears a scary noise outside, he doesn't forget it and this means the whole outside world is a scary place... No more potty for at least that day, sometimes until the next... He shakes and hides under the pillow on the couch. But with two solid weeks of fireworks and concerts, I am very very worried about him.

I have heard that chamomile supplements can help with anxiety. Has anyone tried them, or anything else? I don't like the idea of pills, but I also don't like the idea of internal combustion due to no pottying.

Please share any thoughts and recommendations on dealing with noise anxiety!
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I live in Maple Ridge. Far enough from the noise but close enough to home. Stogie may come and live with me for the Olympics! There, problem solved.

He will have three havanese, one tiny poodle and a big old hunting dog for company so it will be like summer camp.

Just offering......
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Oh poor baby Maddie is scared of loud noises, too. She is super afraid of kites; took her to Garry Point in Steveston once and there were kites making noise in the wind. She won't even get out of the car there anymore.

Definitely a little jealous of you Vancouverites that get to experience the Olympics. I was planning to come home for part of the festivities but school is too busy

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Stogie's mom, I'm so sorry, no advice to offer... unless, have you looked at the "Thunder Shirts" I think they are called? Maybe they might help? I'll see if I can find a link and add it in here. And, I really think I'd talk to the vet and at least have the pills on hand.

Found it! http://www.thundershirt.com/

The Thundershirts were talked about here on the Forum in a thread too.

http://havaneseforum.com/showthread....=thundershirts

PepperToast, I think that's a wonderful offer, and if I were Stogie's mom, I'd be seriously considering it!

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Do you keep the television on all day? Or maybe you can get one of those noise cds. What are they called? You have a choice of waves, music, a steady soothing noise that drowns out outside noise. Or maybe that calming music cd that was on another thread?

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Wow, that's a very nice thing to offer PepperToast!
My mom would take him (She lives on the less noisy end of Richmond), but I would prefer if it didn't have to come to that...

Sheri, those ThunderShirts are very intriguing. I am seriously considering getting one now.

Janan, is it white noise CDs you are referring to? I had thought of that... Last time we just turned on the dishwasher & the dryer, and turned the TV up. Every time there was a loud bang, I would squeak a toy in each hand to distract him... That seemed to help, but he was still scared when he was outside.

You guys are great. You're always so helpful and full of suggestions!
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Stogie needs to be far, far away from the noise. He needs to come on a nice, quiet retreat in the Ozarks where the loudest thing he will hear is the occasional feed truck going to the nearby turkey farm.

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Stogie needs to be far, far away from the noise. He needs to come on a nice, quiet retreat in the Ozarks where the loudest thing he will hear is the occasional feed truck going to the nearby turkey farm.
No, he should come to a small town on Vancouver Island.
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Stogie needs to be far, far away from the noise. He needs to come on a nice, quiet retreat in the Ozarks where the loudest thing he will hear is the occasional feed truck going to the nearby turkey farm.
That sounds good.

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Haha. You guys are all Hav-nappers!! Mind you, I am too. They are just so irresistible.
The thought of not having Stogie gives ME anxiety. He is with me pretty much all day, every day... Sometimes I think I should have named him shadow, because he really is my little shadow.

deejay,
Where are you on the Island? I am so eternally in love with the Island and hope to live somewhere on that marvelous chunk of rock one day.

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