Scared of thunder - Havanese Forum : Havanese Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-15-2012, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
tokipoke's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Texas
Posts: 405
Submit Photo: 1
Photo Submissions 9 Times in 9 Posts
Scared of thunder

I keep learning something new about Louis every day it seems. On top of him being scared of strangers, hands over his head, and training - he is scared of thunder! It is thundering a lot outside and his whole body is shaking. Poor little guy! I'm cuddling with him and hope he doesn't get too anxious. He hates loud sudden noises in general so I bet the thunder is very agitating.

The Babies!
tokipoke is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-16-2012, 12:30 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 353
Submit Photo: 2
Photo Submissions 2 Times in 2 Posts
Try the Thundershirt (www.thundershirt.com). It helps for all kinds of anxiety - not just thunder. I used it to help get my pup less freaked out by car rides.
marlowe'sgirl is offline  
post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-16-2012, 12:44 AM
Camellia Camelo and Carol
 
CarolWCamelo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 534
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 4 Times in 4 Posts
Arrow Storm Phobia

Google "Storm Phobia," to find articles dealing with fear of thunder. Dr. Karen Overall recommends using some form of drug to ease storm phobia in severe cases. NOT Acepromazine ("Ace"), because Ace just scrambles the brain and makes the dog miserable - and still afraid. It acts like a chemical restraint, and that's not what you want.

Dr. Overall suggests Xanax, but there may be other similar drugs you can use.

Sun, 15 Apr 2012 21:43:49 (PDT)

Camellia and Carol (CarolWCamelo)
http://www.coherentdog.org/
CarolWCamelo is offline  
 
post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-16-2012, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
tokipoke's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Texas
Posts: 405
Submit Photo: 1
Photo Submissions 9 Times in 9 Posts
His response to the thunder wasn't too bad, considering other behaviors. He wasn't whining or running around trying to hide. He wasn't drooling excessively. He was just shaking. I had him next to me and wrapped him in a blanket. He fell asleep. Now he's asleep on the floor even while it's thundering outside (not shaking). I believe he feels comforted by me and living in his new house (he's always so happy to be home), that I feel the shaking is just a small dose of what his anxiety would be like if he was with someone he hated in a strange environment! Who knows, maybe even previously he was in a kennel all by himself or with other dogs while it stormed outside, without a warm human body to cuddle with!

The Babies!
tokipoke is offline  
post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-16-2012, 12:59 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
tokipoke's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Texas
Posts: 405
Submit Photo: 1
Photo Submissions 9 Times in 9 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by marlowe'sgirl View Post
Try the Thundershirt (www.thundershirt.com). It helps for all kinds of anxiety - not just thunder. I used it to help get my pup less freaked out by car rides.
I wonder if this will work for him at the dog park. He hates it and drools excessively. I know dog parks get a bad rep, and I don't want to use the shirt just to I can take him to the dog park - but just so he's not stressed in new environments like that. He also drools at the vet's office.

The Babies!
tokipoke is offline  
post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-16-2012, 01:16 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 353
Submit Photo: 2
Photo Submissions 2 Times in 2 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by tokipoke View Post
I wonder if this will work for him at the dog park. He hates it and drools excessively. I know dog parks get a bad rep, and I don't want to use the shirt just to I can take him to the dog park - but just so he's not stressed in new environments like that. He also drools at the vet's office.

No reason it shouldn't. At my office, everyone with a dog ended up getting a thundershirt for a variety of reasons within about a month of each other. And everyone gave it rave reviews. It's expensive, but they have a money-back guarantee.

I'm a big fan of the dog park, but we have a small dog park where I'm at. My guy loves it. However. it took a lot of socialization to get him there and confident. We initially started with puppy play sessions that a local trainer monitored. As a puppy, he always hid behind me at these events, so the trainer put him in a expen for the first couple of weeks to watch the other pups having fun. She also didn't let me comfort him (reinforcing his scared mood). After about 3 sessions, he seemed interested in the other dogs and she let him out at the end - when everyone wasn't quite so rambunctious. By the 5th session, he was running around, wrestling having a blast.

That said - he is still one freaked-out little guy at the big dog park. The first time we went, he was confident and tried to play. He engaged one dog, but the next thing we knew, there were about 5 big dogs playing. He accidently got stepped on; and that was that. The big dogs are much more rambunctious, and the owners seem in less control (ie not quick to leave with a dog that starts a fight). Other people have horror stories of a big dog seeing their little guy as prey and just going for 'em. So if you have a mixed sized dog park, I'd be weary of forcing the issue with your guy. And lots of socialization plus treats/rewards in any new environment.
marlowe'sgirl is offline  
post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-16-2012, 02:27 AM
Gryff and Jinx Mommy
 
ivyagogo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: New Paltz, NY
Posts: 2,346
Submit Photo: 7
Photo Submissions 9 Times in 9 Posts
Gryff is afraid of thunder too. He will usually find a corner to hang out in and shake and pant.

When I was a kid, we had a German Shepherd named Linda. She was terrified of thunder. One time, she climbed into the bathtub and hid behind the shower curtain. I also remember her desperately trying to fit underneath the bed and in a closet. I miss that dog so much.

ivyagogo is offline  
post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-16-2012, 02:37 AM
Linda
 
motherslittlehelper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Southwest Washington
Posts: 3,646
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 22 Times in 21 Posts
We rarely get thunder here. We did get a thunder storm Friday night, I think it was. The boys would bark when it thundered. But no shaking or panting. Finn gets in his 'big protector' stance, makes himself very tall, looks around, barks and tries to act very brave. After awhile, they both did come and jump in my lap for a bit.

Linda, Augie & Finn's Mom
motherslittlehelper is offline  
post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-16-2012, 10:07 AM
Linda
 
HavaneseSoon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Eastern North Carolina
Posts: 5,409
Submit Photo: 73
Photo Submissions 24 Times in 22 Posts
Dexter is afraid of thunder storms, he does a lot of shaking and retreats to the back of the house (our room, fan is running, and it is dark). No drooling, just lots of shaking.

I put a thundershirt on Dexter.

Dexter is soooooooooooooooo keyed in on thunderstorms that it is NOT even raining yet or overcast yet....he can tell they are on the way!



Dexter & Jack
"One Hav is NOT enough to enjoy the RLH skills!"
HavaneseSoon is offline  
post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-16-2012, 11:06 AM
Senior Member
 
Luciledodd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Paris, TN
Posts: 2,496
Submit Photo: 6
Photo Submissions 10 Times in 10 Posts
My old schnauzer became scared of thunder in her old age. She would wake me up in the night with the first rumblings. I could do nothing for her except hold her tight. It was pitiful. Thankfully Rosie is fearless about noise. With at least two to four young grands here each weekend, she is used to all sorts of noise. There is a target range set up in the back part of the property and the older ones are doing target practice with really loud guns. Doesn't bother her as much as me. Now the little girls have started wanting to learn to shoot. DH has bought all the boys a BB gun just as soon as they could hold one and they are all really good shots. I have a crane weather vane on top of the pool house. It is dinged up pretty good. This past weekend the two little girls got to shoot a BB gun. See picture.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DSC00608.jpg (5.52 MB, 0 views)
File Type: jpg DSC00609.jpg (5.66 MB, 0 views)


Last edited by Luciledodd; 04-16-2012 at 11:09 AM.
Luciledodd is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Havanese Forum : Havanese Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome