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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-10-2008, 01:24 AM Thread Starter
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scared of thunder

we had a thunder storm roll in tonight and it's gone now...

but during the storm i discovered that kaylie is scared of thunder, she started to bark and was very agitated. she jumped onto my lap and was shaking like crazy and she continued to shake even after the thunder stopped.

is there anything i can do about this? i've never had a dog who was afraid like this before.

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Goldies brother, Tux is very terrified of Storms. I think she gives him benedryl because it gets so bad before the storm even gets there. I will ask her to make sure. I know he just shuts down, shakes etc.. Its so sad!
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Izzy is afraid of thunder, fireworks, etc.....she hunts for us and wants to sit on our lap. If it's loud enough, she shakes as well. During the night, she comes up between us and will wake us up to let us know that she is afraid. The other night, a transformer blew with a loud bang and she came running into the family room with a "what the #$%@ was that" look on her face! It was pretty comical as she stood their trying to decide if she should be afraid or not!
We haven't used any drugs and we don't "baby" her about her phobia....don't say, that's OK, etc.....I just "allow" her to sit on my lap, but I don't really pay much attention to her as I don't want to feed into her fear.

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I've had a number of dogs through the years who were terrified of thunder storms. The worst was my german shephard/husky mix. He would shake and drool so badly that I would go into the bathroom with him, close the door and throw a big bath towel over him. I'd sit there and rub him and tell him it's alright, everything will be fine.

Cagney is terrified and every time there is a storm (and lately even a bad rain will trigger it) she searches me out and wants to get in my lap. She's dig her nails into my thighs as she looks for reassurance. Ultimately I go into the bedroom, close the blinds completely and turn on the television loud(ish). At some point then she will usually fall asleep. Fireworks are also a nightmare for her. It's painful to watch them suffer when they're afraid.

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I had one dog who would hide under my bed every fourth of July and not come out until the 5th! But I've heard putting them in the bathroom to prevent them from hurting themselves is a good idea. Geri, I love the idea of the towel rubbing and TV - what a loving thing to do. I do know of one person who's dog has become so neurotic during storms that they have to sedate him now.

I do agree that you comfort but don't molly coddle. You don't want to give any indication that you are rewarding fearful behavior. But true fear like your girls Geri does need intervention like you are doing. Poor things. I always feel so sorry for animals when they don't understand something.


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i find it leaves me with that helpless/useless feeling.
i let her sit on my lap and i just ran my hand over her back and behind her ears but nothing stopped the shaking.
we have quite a few thunder and lighting storms here in the summer when the daytime temps are high.
will have to see what happens during the next one.

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Joe,

Try wrapping her in a towel or blanket and cuddle her or rub her and in a quiet, soothing voice let her know everything will be just fine. It is also a good idea to have a radio or television going in the background for distracting sound. It breaks my heart when they go through this but it's over and all is well again.

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Brady is terrified of thunder. He pants, shakes and trembles and wants to sit at my feet or on my lap. As a matter of fact, it is thundering right now and he is panting and shaking at my feet. The worst part is that I have to leave in 10 minutes and my DH won't be home for about an hour. I hate to leave him alone when he is upset. I have not found any way to make things better for him yet. I just let him sit on my lap or go wherever he wants. Poor boy. I may have to call the neighbors and see if one of them can come over and stay with him for an hour.


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Oh Jasper is terrified of thunder, so much so that now if it just start to rain he seeks us out and trembles. I have to admit, even though i try not to give into it, jasper is so not a cuddler that I secretly enjoy it when he wants to snuggle. When we are not home he finds a corner to hide in the center of the house.

Joe, I think the best advice is to not make a big deal about it. If you are home and can distract her by playing or doing tricks during the storm she may begin to associate it with a good time. There is also a product called Comfort Zone, it comes in a diffuser and a spray and it pheromones that are supposed to make them feel like they did with their mothers when all was right with the world. There is also Rescue Remedy which has a calming effect if you can anticipate the storm.




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My Foster dog-Frannie is really afraid of thunder-lightening-storms. I went to a pharmacy that carries homeopathic meds for animals and got Rescue Remedy-they also make it for puppies-it's a natural stress relief for pets-it's made by Bach Flower Remedies Ltd in England-a friend of mine told me about it. It seemed to help the last storm we had.

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