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Old 11-13-2012, 07:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Koda is peeing himself constantly. I suspect because it's Divali and the fireworks and crackers are going off, he is reacting to this. I tie him up outside because I am so sick of cleaning up his pee, but when he is not with me he barks all the time. I mean he does not stop.

Please! Any advise would be welcome!
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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At the risk of overstepping my place, tying him up outside is NOT an acceptable solution. If anything it will make the issue worse. While I don't have THE solution, the forced exposure to the cause of his fear is not likely to help.
One of my dobes is very sensitive to fireworks, he goes into a near panic when it is "that time of the year" and I have found distraction to be helpful. All of the toys in the house come out and we play, play, play! While this has not "fixed" the problem, the distraction takes his mind off of it some and gives us both a break from the panic.
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Just in case this is not a troll, though I suspect it is, you are HORRIBLE for tying your dog outside during a firework-heavy holiday. That would be like me locking you into a room with something that you are incredibly afraid of. Get your dog inside and deal with the responsibility of dog ownership.
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Five days is a long time for a dog to live in terror. For now, I suggest you contact your vet, and see about tranquilizers or the like for your dog, and keep him inside, in an area that is easy to clean, and as far away from the noise as possible. Then after everything is over, and your dog has calmed down, you can see about either desensitizing him to fireworks, or start making plans on how to manage his fear.
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I second this being a very difficult time for the dog. He needs companionship & safety with people. Is there a quiet room in the house where he can hibernate for the next few days? Can you distract him so that he forgets the noise & can become more calm? Tire him out & then put him to sleep in the quiet room so that you can enjoy the rest of the celebration?

It sounds as if you'll need to work on separation anxiety & maybe crate training when Diwali is over.
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Thank you all for your opinions and contributions. Just to put you all at ease, I never tethered him constantly all day, it was for about 30minutes while I was trying to complete work I was busy with. Yes, having him inside with me when there are fireworks helps. And Kate, I completely agree with you, 'companionship and safety' is what he needs and I give it to him! When walking him on the beach everyday, it's amazing how acute his hearing is. He hears fireworks miles away and when I see him becoming nervous and skittish, I listen very carefully and somewhere far away there are kids playing with fireworks. It amazes me just how acute his hearing is. When there are fireworks happening, I just try to react normally around them and when I see he's reacting to them, I distract him.

Kate, separation anxiety is an issue that I am having to deal with. He loves his crate but he just always wants to be around me and when he isn't for practical reasons, his whining and barking is very distracting and working at home can be problematic. When I am out, it's no problem. He realizes I am not there, but when I am at home working he just always wants to be at my side. I kind of like it, in fact I like it a lot. It makes me realise what a true friend I have but really, sometimes I have things to do! Any advice with separation anxiety would be appreciated.

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Oh yes, and Rosemary, I do sometimes use tranquilizers when the fireworks is just too unbearable! But I am hoping Koda will become desensitized to them like my streetdog....she just chills and has no problem with the fireworks.
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Oh yes, and Rosemary, I do sometimes use tranquilizers when the fireworks is just too unbearable! But I am hoping Koda will become desensitized to them like my streetdog....she just chills and has no problem with the fireworks.

???? Never in my life have i heard of tranqing a dog that is scared of fireworks, please tell me this is not a common method, it sounds like most extreme and unnecessary method ive ever come across....

i cant really comment because at 4 months Caes couldnt care less about fireworks, they were going off across the road yesterday and he just didnt care at all, he still wanted to go out for a walk.

My friends staffy bitch is terrified of them but she just comes into his room and sits with the other dog and she is fine, maybe if your friend has a dog that isnt scared you could bring it round a couple of times maybe it will take the edge off your dog if he sees another acting calm, he may feel he needs to man up in front of the other dog and it will at least distract him
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Ok, first and foremost please do not put your dog outside, not even so you can finish whatever work you have to do, it is simply not fair.

Find some place in your house that is as shielded from the noise as much as possible, play relaxing music in the room and try to be as close to your dog, acting normally so that your relaxed attititude rubs off on him/her.

There are herbal remedies which you can give to your dog to help him/her over the stress, these are less likely to have the tranquilising effect on your dog granted but they may help him/her relax a bit more.

I would like to add this, just because one dog is fine with fireworks does not mean your other dog will become fine, plan ahead for next year, create a safe environ for your dog, where the fireworks are not so noisy etc.

And just buy yourself a decent mop.
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I have a female that i will leash her up and keep her by my side, very short leash. I do the same for thunderstorm in the middle of the nite!
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i cant really comment because at 4 months Caes couldnt care less about fireworks, they were going off across the road yesterday and he just didnt care at all, he still wanted to go out for a walk.

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Lucky you, that you pup is fearless. My Gin was absolutely terrified of fireworks and thunderstorms. Even a vehicle with a loud exhaust would scare the bejeebers out of her. Tranquiliers on the Fourth and at New Years, or when I knew we were going to have bad storms took the edge off of her anxiety.
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I wonder if one of those "Thunder Vests" would work?
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If they had had them at the time, I might have tried one. However, there are no fireworks or thunderstorms in Doggie Heaven, so she doesn't need to worry about them.
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Are you sure the pup does not have a UTI ( Urinary Tract Infection) please do not tie up outside it will just increase the fear.
House breaking 101 :
If you take them out on about a 6 ft leash it helps keep them focused tell them go potty ,hurry up or what ever words you want to use just use the same words each time. Stand in one spot let them go all around you till they find the spot then Praise like it is the greatest thing you ever saw. If they do not go in about 20 minutes go back in and crate them or tie them to you them go back out in about 30 minutes.pups need to go out after naps,playing, eating & drinking 1st thing in the morning last thing at night depending on the age of the pup you may need to take them out at night too. Always use a pet urine enzyme to clean up all traces of urine or feces you can use a black light to find all traces. It takes about 3-6 months of contestant training to house break a pup the more accidents they have the longer it takes. Hang a bell on the door you go out you ring it until the pup gets the idea how to ring it yes sometimes they ring it to go look at a squirrel but its a phase they go though you just have to go though it with them. Do not forget to praise each time they go to reinforce the potty training. If you are consistent you will also have a pup/dog that will go potty on command comes in handy when it rains,snow, is icy, on a trip at night . People will think you are a amazing trainer too. Good Luck with your new baby.
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I know im lucky my mates dog is petrified of them.

My aunts Rottie didnt like them the first couple of years now he has got used to it i suppose, as long as they are not really close he is ok.

I just had never heard of using tranqs. but of course every dog is different
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I know im lucky my mates dog is petrified of them.

My aunts Rottie didnt like them the first couple of years now he has got used to it i suppose, as long as they are not really close he is ok.

I just had never heard of using tranqs. but of course every dog is different
Yep, every dog is different my 2 Terriers, one of whom is now sadly gone are/were terrified of fireworks. They could hear them going off in the village (which is one heck of a distance from where I live) and would literally shake and cry as if they had been tied to their tails. Toby on the other hand just likes to bark at them.

I think you are thinking with your English head regards the Tranquilisers, from my experience Vets are loathe to handing them out in the UK, not so here, especially when you can buy them over the counter in some of the pet stores.

I personally used to give my dogs a bit more of a cuddle. I never made a fuss per say, I would just say, 'come on then, cuddle time' and they would jump up, have a cuddle, sometimes sleeping with me on my bed if the fireworks went on all night (same went for Thunderstorms) and all was well.

I think however, had I lived in the village, or at least closer I might have turned to some sort of medication. Though I think I would have tried the herbal remedies first as Jack (RIP little one) was so terrified long distance that had he been closer I swear he would have shaken as if he were trying to loosen his teeth.
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???? Never in my life have i heard of tranqing a dog that is scared of fireworks, please tell me this is not a common method, it sounds like most extreme and unnecessary method ive ever come across....
Koda goes balistic when he hears Fireworks. He pees everywhere, so during festive seasons (New Year and Divali particularly), he can't stand it and it becomes such a mission just having him around. It's only On the odd night, 31st Dec, that I do this. Actually, I am not sure what to do. I like your suggestion. The point is we do have a second dog who is just not phased by it at all?????? Suggestions? I don't like the tranqs either.
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I know this is an older thread, but as MaxsMom suggested, I would try a Thundershirt: Thundershirt | The Best Dog Anxiety Treatment

I haven't used one personally, but I know people who have used them for their dogs (and cats!) and they really seem to make a difference. Not that it will solve the problem completely, but it could at least make it bearable.
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definitely look for a thundershirt or something similar.
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