||[Oct. 5th, 2006|03:58 pm]
it's me or the dog
Hello to All,|
Does your dog have a noise phobia? Thunder, firework etc. How do you guys handle it? I especially interested in tips regarding severe cases of noise phobia (my dog almost broke a door…) in big dogs (like labs for instance). My dog is 7 and I feel like this phobia is getting worse with age. Any suggestions? Thanks!
Hello - YES! We have two labs -- a 7 year old yellow lab and a 5 year old chocolate lab. The chocolate is fine. Our yellow lab does not like loud noises though! I wouldn't necessarily say she is afraid or phobic...it just 'upsets' her. This can be anything from gunshot noises (we live out in the country), fireworks, thunder, to a basketball bouncing. A few years ago during the fireworks my sister (a veterinary technician) gave her a sedative, and it helped a little, but we couldn't bear to do it again. She was so sluggish (droopy, red eyes and just lethargic) for days.
What kind of dog do you have and did she try to break a door trying to run away? Is she afraid, does she hide under beds, etc.? Or is it more of an "upset" reaction where she'll bark?
She is a yellow lab. And unfortunately she is beyond just being “upset” when she hears loud noises. She panics, shakes and pants, she won’t drink or eat. I think she finds some comfort to be around us when she is in this miserable state. However, problems happen when she hears thunder in the middle of the night and then a 100 pound shaking body climbs on the top of us (for some reason she finds it necessary to be as close to our faces as possible); and when we are not at home (yeah, she almost broke the door by scratching and chewing on it). If not staying around us she climbs in the bathtub and scratches it. I guess it has something to do with the bathroom being in the middle of the apartment.
I am sure the solution is to crate her but I hate to see her in such state. And I also noticed that it gets worse. Nowadays she starts panting when she hears rain because she expects thunder and lightening to follow.
Its so upsetting to see your dog scared of somethign isnt it. I know a while ago one of mine came hurtling in the from the garden because fireworks were going off. He went scrambling under the table and stayed there for a quite a while. The first thing you want to do is cuddle them and tell them that everything is going to be alright but this is in fact the worst thing that you can do. Its agreeing with them that there is something to be afaid of thus encouraging them to act this way all the more. I am told we should just remain relaxed, ignore them and yawn, yes yawn so that they can see that we are not at all put off by the loud noises outside.
I have also heard of something that is on CD. It's all the loud noises that dogs hate, fireworks, thunder etc so that you can play it to them at will so they become desensitised to it. I just googled it and came up with this. The first CD is out of stock but I'm sure there is somewhere else you can get something similar. Hope this helps, Andrew.
What was the name of the CD you found? I also heard about letting the dog hear these noises over and over and I was curious to see if anyone tried this and how successful this technique is.
By the way I saw pictures of your dogs. They gorgeous.
My dog was also scared of thunderstorms and living in the middle of monsoon territory thunder can be intense. I started taking him for walks when we could here thunder in the distance. (His favorite past time is going for walks so he is in a relaxed state.) The first few times he would shake and just kind of sit there so we would just pretend nothing was wrong and soon he began following our lead. Thunder no longer scares him, it worked like a charm.
The fireworks CD is fab - we used it in conjunction with Rescue Remedy to start with just to help ease the dogs nerves and on subsequent volume alterations.
We now play the CD to any litters of pups we have - along with all sorts of strange radio stations!!!