Join Date: Apr 2009
Dogs Name: Richter; Sypha; RIP Shanoa & Simon
Titles: Richter: CAA L1V NW1 L1I L1E L1C NW2 L2V ACT1 RATI WAC; Sypha: NW1 NW2 L1C L1V L1E RATI SOG WAC
Dogs Age: d.o.b. 7/13/2012; d.o.b. 12/6/2015
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Start making positive associations to the noise of fireworks long before the day. Find videos of them online and play them quietly, with "fireworks" chicken. As in, dog/pup hears the sound of the firework, and then chicken magically rains from the sky. My dogs STILL get fireworks chicken, even though they are not bothered by the noise. It is WELL WORTH YOUR WHILE to do this, because noise phobias tend to develop later in life. My dogs get fireworks chicken and loud storm treats, too. The key is, the treat (chicken or whatever you want to use) MUST come slightly AFTER the noise. It cannot be simultaneous, and there cannot be a long delay either. That's how proper conditioning works. FIRST the stimulus (the noise), then the reward/good thing (the treat).
Again, highly recommend this with noise - fireworks and storms. You can't 100% prevent noise phobias from developing but you can certainly go a long ways towards doing so. Having had a previous dog with pretty bad storm/fireworks issues, I will always do this. My poor Simon had to be on an as-needed drug, have a special space in the basement with soothing music, a Thundershirt, his bed...and he was still not happy. He got through them, but to see your dog very frightened and be unable to help....it's hard. And the stress on them is awful.
Richter & Sypha
Glengate's Mountain Fortress CAA ORT L1E L1C NW2 L2V L2I ACT1 RATI SOG WAC
& Sirai's Golden Masquerade ORT L1V L1E L2C L2I NW2 RATI SOG DOG TKN WAC
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