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Well, we had a really bad storm this afternoon, thunder and lightening, etc. Our soon-to-be 5 year old, Zoe (her birthday is this Wednesday! ), has been getting so scared with the thunder the last couple of months. Up until now it has never bothered her and she could have cared less. Now it is more like and

Any one have any suggestions how to help them cope with the thunder (or with firecrackers, etc.)? Other loud noises don't seem to bother her, just thunder and fireworks.

Poor baby - she is either here or up in my arms shaking until it's over.
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Aww,

Just comfort her and make sure she knows that YOU aren't scared. Laugh, play...act like everything is normal.

Of course, I have been trying this the last few thunderstorms and fireworks and, well, its not quite working YET....but I hope it will! lol

Mine either pounces on my chest and shakes and wants me to hold her, or runs behind the couch.

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Be careful comforting her when she is acting like that, all you are doing is reenforcing the behavior that you don't want. Maybe put her in a place that she feels safe in...or distract her...but be vary carful praising her for her bad behavoir...
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I have never had a dog with thunderstorm anxiety but I have had friends that have, and it is hell at times, I wish you all the best.

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the other thing that helps is a cd of noise. last year when we walked in the park there was loud construction going on, the noise scared my pup sooo bad, he wouldn't get out of the car. i made a cd of noises, trains, thunder, bangs, etc. i played it everyday very very low on the cd player and overtime he overcame his fear. thunderstorms don't scare him as much. fireworks, still terrified. i have also noticed he feeds off my reaction. if it's thundering outside, its a non issue in the house. during fireworks, i sat on the couch next to him, did not pet him or talk to him. he slowly calmed down. i use to pet and comfort him excessivly and it only made it worse because i was reinforcing his fear. it's soo hard because you want to protect them but sometimes just sitting next to them, letting them know you are there is what they need.
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Yeah Radar turns into a real pile of shaking Hav when the thunder Rolls in at night during a storm. He cries and cries...... My Wife hsa told me that this is the one thing that really freaks him out.
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Thanks all! I did know about not reinforcing the behavior, although it is hard! Usually when I am on the computer and a storm rolls in, I put her up on my desk where she can see my face and I act like nothing is wrong. I don't pet her or anything, just let her lie there and watch me. I ordered some Rescue Remedy on line last night and hopefully it will be here in a few days (of course we are supposed to have another bad storm this afternoon). Figure it is something she and I can share!

Making a CD of noises sounds like a great idea. I think the reason Dani is never bothered by the thunder and fireworks is because I used to bring her to work when she was a puppy and walk her outside, near heavy traffic, busses going by, etc. She was initially afraid and then once she got used to it, it was like nothing.
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What is Rescue Remedy?

Heck, sometimes the storms scare me. I'm usually a wreck during a strong tropical storm or HURRICANE! ***shudders***

Though, I would LEAVE my house if we had a strong hurricane hit, but even the "low level" ones are scary. Egads.

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the other thing that helps sometimes is to spray lavender in the room. there 's something soothing and calming about the smell.
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Kara - It is a natural anxiety remedy. Here is a website I found that gives a lot of information about it ...

http://www.answers.com/topic/rescue-remedy?cat=health

Hope it comes through (not sure about posting a website here).

It's pretty interesting!
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I've heard several positive remarks on conditioning sounds, whether that be storms, fireworks, or dog show noises.

You can also go online and find free storm sounds, but they are usually pretty short clips. Here's one: http://www.partnersinrhyme.com/soundfx/Weather.shtml
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