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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!