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Old 06-09-2011, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Back in the gym...Yo Adrian!
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Our dog is deathly afraid of thunderstorms. She pants and shakes uncontrollably any time there is a hint of lightning and thunder. I've told my daughter not to pamper the dog and try and calm her because that's only teaching the dog that it's ok to be scared and she's doing the right thing by being afraid. I act normal and go about my business around the dog, but she'll either follow me everywhere or hide under the desk or a bed.

It's to the point where she won't go out to do her business if there is any hint of thunder no matter how far. Any suggestions on the best way to get her past her fear of thunderstorms?
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Old 06-09-2011, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Stuck in NE GA right now
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Try a thundershirt.
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Old 06-09-2011, 10:07 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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yep buy a thundershirt they show them on tv and they do work my little female chihuahua is scared of thunderstorms and as soon as they start we put the shirt on and wallah it works everytime . I will send the ad to you if I can find it .
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Old 06-09-2011, 10:09 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Old 06-09-2011, 10:22 AM
 
Location: NJ
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i thought the thundershirt suggestion was a joke. my dog doesnt love thunder but we dont get thunder so often and she will do her business eventually.
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Old 06-09-2011, 10:25 AM
 
Location: California
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Your probably not going to get her OVER her fear, but you can help relieve it. Neighbor of mine purchased the Thunder shirt...nothing. Dog hated the shirt being on her and it seemed to do nothing to relieve her of her stress.
One of our now passed Goldens, was terrified of thunder...Vet suggested Melatonin...can be bought OTC.. or Bachs Rescue Remedy. Both worked for her.
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Old 06-09-2011, 11:19 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Your probably not going to get her OVER her fear, but you can help relieve it. Neighbor of mine purchased the Thunder shirt...nothing. Dog hated the shirt being on her and it seemed to do nothing to relieve her of her stress.
One of our now passed Goldens, was terrified of thunder...Vet suggested Melatonin...can be bought OTC.. or Bachs Rescue Remedy. Both worked for her.
See I tried the melatonin and the rescue remedy and none of that worked for my dog so the thundershirt and it actually works .
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Old 06-09-2011, 11:21 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I also know that if it does not work for your dog they will return your money .
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Old 06-09-2011, 11:33 AM
 
Location: California
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I also know that if it does not work for your dog they will return your money .
THAT is good to know! I'll have to tell my neighbor, as she was just talking about that the other day....It's sitting in it's original pkging. She said she tried it again last week, with the same results.
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Old 06-09-2011, 02:24 PM
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Location: El Paso TX
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One of my Bostons is afraid of thunder...she used to be afraid of airplanes until she actually saw the source of the noise and now she's over that fear. I just wish I could show her thunder...LOL

Kidding aside, I keep Rescue Remedy around and yes, it does help. Skylar used to be so afraid she'd go hide in the laundry room and while I didn't want to coddle her, I didn't want her hiding somewhere alone and isolated either. So, I simply call her over to sit by me and I toss a baby blanket on her. As she gets older, her fear is becoming less. If we can be outside when it's thundering, getting her beloved racquet balls out for a game of fetch is a great distraction as well.
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