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Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Southern MD
Dogs Name: Rebholzer Chasing the Moon "Creed", RIP Skoll
Titles: SDiT, CGCA
Dogs Age: 04/12/2014
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Oy Vey, Fireworks Trouble
Skoll was a good boy on our potty walk today.
I have some ah. Noise sensitivities. Loud banging noises give me panic attacks. Thunder is bad. Gunshots are usually bad and yes I do flinch when I encounter them in the shows/movies I watch just like I have to take a deep breath for recorded thunder noises. Fireworks are okay if they’re at a distance and if I’m expecting them. If I’m close or not expecting them that day they’re bad.
Some drunk idiot decides to set off fireworks in the park that I’m WALKING IN, right freaking across the park, while I have Skoll leashed beside me. Skoll. The abused reactive 95# doberman who tells things he’s afraid of that he will definitely chew them up.
Kay. So. I was expecting fireworks last night and did not have [strike]much of[/strike] a problem. I was not expecting fireworks right next to me at 6pm in a public zone fired off by some drunk idiot today (also that's illegal). Panic attack starts. Skoll is suddenly a fantastic wonderful dog and while he seemed startled by the initial blast he came over to me and put himself between me and the source of the noise. Ears and nub up, frozen in position. I don’t think he realized WHY I was scared but I think he understood that the sound was the problem. No barking, no panicking, just a silent “go away I’m watching you”.
Eventually reason started to come back to my brain and I was able to get myself calm enough to start walking again [strike]yes I did yelp and freeze when this happened[/strike] and of course by this time because it’s 6pm all of the neighborhood dogs are out in their yards and NOW they’re all amped up from the noise. Again Skoll is a reactive mess occasionally and I was fully expecting to have to deal with him freaking out on top of my freaking out and was not looking forward to the walk back.
Loose leash the entire time. No pulling (shocker considering he pulls like the devil otherwise), no outbursts or aggression towards the amped up neighborhood dogs. He did the silent focused body block “this is my human go away” a few times when we had to pass a particularly bothered dog or someone who doesn’t reflexively jump out of a doberman’s way (most people here are scared of him) but he was actually BETTER than he’s ever been.
Then we got inside and he was a pest until I sat on the couch with a cup of cold water. Put his head on my lap and just waited it out. I guess when he was satisfied that I wasn’t losing control anymore was when he decided to distract me with play time. Then he got supper, another walk before bed, some more out time, and he was tucked in for the night in his crate a couple hours ago.
So uh. Lesson learned, Skoll does not appear to be afraid of fireworks. Or maybe he was just too focused on keeping me held together that he didn't have time to be afraid of fireworks. Either way he got goodies once I'd calmed down. A little late to reward him for good behavior BUT hopefully his dog brain will understand.
SDiT Rebholzer Chasing the Moon CGCA; Creed - Jazi's Stalkin the Light Bringer; Skoll
Just know you're not alone cause I'm gunna make this place your home.
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