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My 3 year old Havanese Coco has a problem she very scared about any loud sounds (cars trucks vacuuming etc) once she hears them the walk is over. This New Years some people set off fireworks and she went under a table and won't come out
It getting worse I tried everything I can think of please help
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I'd definitely reach out to a professional trainer. Though no problem with loud noises, my older dog always had an anxiety towards people and animals that blew up when I got a puppy. It was bad and a bit scary. There is definitely help out there, and even a lot of tips and videos on the internet (youtube) if you're not in a position or area to hire someone.

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My 3 year old Havanese Coco has a problem she very scared about any loud sounds (cars trucks vacuuming etc) once she hears them the walk is over. This New Years some people set off fireworks and she went under a table and won't come out
It getting worse I tried everything I can think of please help
If this is new behavior, even if it has come on slowly over time, the first thing I'd do is get a full physical, including bloodwork and a full thyroid panel from Hemopet. Thyroid problems are not uncommon in Havanese, and can lead to a number of problems that seem "behavioral". Even if all checks out, your vet may feel that a trial of meds along with a positive behavior modification program with a trainer experienced with fearful and reactive dogs or a certified animal behaviorist may be in order.

The right types of counter conditioning, often in concert with meds can make a world of difference for a fearful dog.


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