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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 12-31-2007, 06:42 AM Thread Starter
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Fear of Firework

Hello All,
I don't know about the rules in the US for firework, but here in the Netherlands on the 31th it's allowed to bang and boom from 10:00 am .....
Sierra is terribly scared.....and so I have a puddle of misery ever since this morning and it won't be gone until very late tonight....with many scared-poos every hour or after every bang she needs to go again..... there should really be nothing left....

I've tried Bach Blossom Rescue Remedy, and something against car-sickness that calms down and makes her a bit sleepy....
But she'd just shivering like a leaf....

We do know about the not conditioning of fear and such, so we are trying hard to be neutral and pretend nothings on.....but still my heart.....
So what do you do to ease the firework stress on your hav?
Suzanne

PS we did try the firework CD, but she couldn't care less for the sounds of the CD.....but one cracker outside and the tail would be down....

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Oh, gosh..

You have to hear fireworks ALL day? Ack!

I remember how scared Gucci got last year, I ended up trying to drown out the sound. I put the all the fans running and turned the tv up really loud and just tried to calm her down to go to sleep, she was very jumpy and nervous about the fireworks, but here...it only lasts from around 9- midnight or so.

So, I'd say create as much distraction sound as possible. Standing fans, TV, stereo, etc. And act like nothing is wrong or unusual.

Poor Sierra! Their lil' ears are so sensitive to that stuff.

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Well Kara, I spent last years countdown with Sierra in the Bathroom on the floor, flushing the toilet for 15 minutes and the blowdryer on full speed to drown the sound....Our bathroom is the most soundproof roomd due to its location....At the moment I was dead serious, now I can laugh about it, it must have been quite a sight hahaha, toys, chewies, treats on the floor between the sink the toilet and the bathtub hahaha!!!
It actually worked quite well.....as soon as the door would open she'd be really stressed, with the door closed it was managable....

this year we are going to my parents...they will put me in the looney bin if I'd want to go up to the bathroom with Sierra at countdown.......I hope that with having the whole family there, she might just have enough distractions....
I really don't want to go because of Sierra, but my mum will freak if she'd find out why.......last year I came up with a good excuse to stay at home...though my parents and sisters weren't exactly happy with me being a no-show......this year I couldn't find one....
I'll have to give Sierra maybe a higher dosage of the stuff that makes her drowsy.....so maybe she'll sleep through it......
Her heart rate goes bezerk with those loud bombs.....

What are you going to try this year?

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Well Kara, I spent last years countdown with Sierra in the Bathroom on the floor, flushing the toilet for 15 minutes and the blowdryer on full speed to drown the sound....Our bathroom is the most soundproof roomd due to its location....At the moment I was dead serious, now I can laugh about it, it must have been quite a sight hahaha, toys, chewies, treats on the floor between the sink the toilet and the bathtub hahaha!!!
LOL! I can picture that! If you end up doing it....PLEASE make a video! And put your little funny captions on there too! hehe.

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I'd want to go up to the bathroom with Sierra at countdown.......I hope that with having the whole family there, she might just have enough distractions....
I really don't want to go because of Sierra, but my mum will freak if she'd find out why.......last year I came up with a good excuse to stay at home...though my parents and sisters weren't exactly happy with me being a no-show......this year I couldn't find one....
I'll have to give Sierra maybe a higher dosage of the stuff that makes her drowsy.....so maybe she'll sleep through it......
Her heart rate goes bezerk with those loud bombs.....
Yikes.

Well.....MAYBE that will help her to be around more people and see that nobody else is worried about the unusual loud explosion sounds!?? I think she may have enough distraction there? Will there be any other dogs there? Hopefully...one that isn't bothered by it and Sierra can follow suit, ya know?

I'd be the same way! I just bailed out of my yearly 5 day business trip to Vancouver because of Gucci. I probably could've taken her, Canada is pretty dog-friendly, but I just said not this year, and my husband was like "Why not? The DOG?"! lol Yeah, I'm pretty predictable.

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What are you going to try this year?
Ehh, probably nothing. I haven't really *celebrated* NYE since I was about 21 and used to drink and not get hungover back then! lol, Those days of no-hangovers...LONG gone! I can't even stay awake to watch the ball drop on TV!

We *might* hear some fireworks tonight, I can't remember how much we had last NYE because Gucci wasn't here, just 4th of July (BIG Firework night here in the US) A few years, we'd dress up and go out to dinner, but I think we are laying low this year. Too many drunk drivers and roadblocks out to deal with it.

New Years' Eve brings out all the people that only drink once a year and they puke all over the place. No..thank you! heh.

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I know how you feel. Bella is so afraid of loud noises, thunderstorms, fireworks etc. I thought about going out this year, but couldn't bare the thought of her shaking, panting and being so afraid without me to comfort her. Good luck getting through until the New Year!





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Oh we have the same problem with Lexi - she is even terrified of the noise from the vacume. When we go out on 4th of July, I leave her in a room with a TV on really loud in hopes that she doesnt hear them. I also run a large box fan sometimes in the room. But like Linda, I try not to go anywhere when I know it is coming cause I feel so sad for her!!

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McKenna runs outside to bark every time a firework goes off and will then stick her head back through the doggy door and look at us as if to say, "Hey, you guys gotta see this!" Sedona will come and find us and sit with us and we turn my sound machine up loud (since we don't stay up till midnight). She doesn't get too terrified but she doesn't want to be outside either.
Years ago my little dog Casie was so terrified that she'd pant, cry, run from room to room, try to escape the house, jump into the bathtub etc. I was always afraid she'd hurt herself so the vet prescribed acepromezine for her just to get her through the night (and the 4th of July).

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While trying to distract her by keeping busy with her.....Eric came up with this....




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Are those the sound-proof headphones that are worn on flight decks and such? That would be interesting to know if something like that would work.

We have a few noise-phobic dogs here, so every 4th of July, New Year's Eve, and expected thunderstorm I make sure I'm home with them. We turn up the stereo, TV, air conditioning or heater fans, anything to mask the noise outside, and we act as though nothing's wrong. A lot of yawning, stretching and ho-hum behavior on our part. Plus I give Rescue Remedy to the ones that need it. It helps to take the edge off their anxiety. Magnum was SO phobic that he would hurt himself, or us, trying to escape the noise. We bought an Anxiety Wrap and used that on him and it really helped.

I hope Sierra's okay and able to relax even a little.

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thanks Wendy...
yes they are.....and they do actually work!!!
While she had them on....there were a few loud bangs, and she didn't twitch!!!!!
Unfortunately they are too heavy so even if she wouldn't mind it.....they fall off.... too bad.....
I am giving the rescue remedy, don't see any more relaxed behaviour but I guess it could be worse.....
5 and half more hrs to go.....

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