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    Default How Does Your Cavalier React to Thunder, other loud sounds

    The Ellie and the Rotti reminded me of this. My Toby thinks he is a Rotti.
    Any sound of any kind and he jumps off the couch or the bed and rushes toward the sound and barks his head off.

    Today we were having a huge thunder storm and my twice as big as Toby adoptee ran and jumped in my lap and buried her head in my armpit. Toby on the other hand, jumped off my lap and ran back and forth through the house trying to find that thunder thing and bite it. He was growling and barking and growling and barking like crazy.

    I tried to get him in my lap and comfort him, but he wasn't having any part of that. He was going to get the bad noise, period.

    Are most Cavs good "watchdogs"? I'm telling you, a frog can't jump on my deck without Toby going nuts. Wind, rustling leaves, anything, and he goes off. I don't mind.....well, I do mind at 5AM when he is barking at the leaves rustling, but mostly I think it's pretty brave of him.

    Oh, and in reality, he doesn't bite anything. He is not the least bit aggressive when he can see the "thing" that had him barking.

    Oh, and he saw his first snow today. I let him out and he went straight for the steps, saw the snow and turned around and came straight back in the house. My other dog, Moonshine, also went straight for the steps, saw the snow, and ran to the other end of the deck, and sure enough there was snow there too, so she ran back in the house.

    That was exactly the same thing that my dog, Cedar, did the first time he saw rain. I have a covered deck, but the covered part ends about 3/4 of the way on one end of the house.

    I let Cedar out and he ran for the steps which aren't covered. Stopped. Looked at me like, What the Heck is This? Then he ran to the other end of the deck, ran out of cover, saw the rain and gave me that same look, I was totally laughing and said, Yep puppy, it's raining on that end too.
    He just looked disgusted, and ran back into the house and peed on the floor.
    Incredibly proud mom to Toby, my baby, and the amazing 8 year old Max who has found his forever home.

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    My Wesley is the same way. If we are watching tv, and a doorbell rings in the show, he goes BALISTIC and runs to the front door barking like a crazy dog! We don't even have a doorbell!!! I can't watch any type of animal show without him stalking the creatures from the couch.

    We live on a golf course and people are constantly walking down our street or riding in golf carts. Welsey barks at every single one. The windows in our sunroom are right at his level so he can look out at the world going by...which means defending the house from the ducks by barking and slobbering up our clean windows.
    He can get pretty fence aggressive (he would never bite, just bark like a maniac), but if I were to put him over the fence, he would run up to the person (or critter) and lick them to death.
    I love my Wesley, Cody, Zoey & Stewie

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    Loud noises in general don't phase mine. We have the Blue Angels flying over our house once a year...and boy oh boy are they loud!! My windows shake and I can't talk on the phone they are soooo loud. Jake and Shelby will sleep through it no problem. On the other hand....let the doorbell ring and they are off like maniacs
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    Thunder scares Tucker he cries and whines. He gets startled if something falls over, usually we knock something over while we're playing catch in the house and he barks at the object for a good two minutes till he's given it a piece of his mind for startling him.
    Mum to Tucker, born May 14, 2005

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    Quote Originally Posted by moniechris
    My Wesley is the same way. If we are watching tv, and a doorbell rings in the show, he goes BALISTIC and runs to the front door barking like a crazy dog! We don't even have a doorbell!!! I can't watch any type of animal show without him stalking the creatures from the couch.
    Kosmo freaks on the animals of TV and the doorbell too!! Last night we had solicitors come to our front door and I didn't answer the door. I don't answer the front door ever anymore, LOL. I stalk the walkway from upstairs and when they leave if I wanna talk to them I'll open the window and call them back Anyways Kosmo was barking like a mad man at the door and the rude people started banging on the window!! If I don't wanna answer, I don't have to! What if I was taking a shower or something?

    Kos has gotten pretty "protective" lately although if someone walked in I am sure he would lick them up one side and down the other. He's just 'that way.' I think he is under the impression that he weighs 200lbs and nobody can stand in his way! ahh it's ok to dream, right? Faith on the other hand.. Kosmo barks at the noise and she barks at him!! LOL She thinks it must mean playtime..
    Sara, mommy to Kosmo ~ 4 year blenheim boy and Faith 3 year b/t girl *rescue*

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    My big old Harvey is petrified of fireworks whilst little old Alfie is typical cavalier and frightened of nothing, including all noises and very large dogs!!
    Yvonne

    Mum to Harvey (blenheim) & Alfie (tri)xx

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    The dogs I got now just bark the worst one with thunder was Mattie we always new when it was thundery before we could hear it he use to go has high as possible ---Aileen and fhe gang (Jazzie---Barney--Sam)
    cavaliers at the bridge Mattie and Rocky & Sam & Jake
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    alfie is fantastic he is not scared of anything

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    indy isn't the least bit bothered by fireworks...don't think he's ever heard thunder, but when things fall over it scares the life out of him. an ironing board fell once and he ran to me with his head down, pushed himself under my arms and stayed there for about 45 minutes. he would whine whenever i tried to get up so luckily i was able to indulge him.

    he gets very perturbed at dogs and pets on tv as well----last week we had the tv plugged into the stereo and indy ran over and started sniffing the speakers trying to find the elephants on the show

    the thing that really gets him is high pitched sounds---i think they switch him onto prey drive. i figured out that he comes when called if he wants to, but if i make high owl-like hoots he comes running everytime. obviously this isn't something i do in front of people

    once we were watching a very scary movie---The Innocents if you know it, and he got very upset whenever the scary music accompanying one of the ghosts came on. it was funny but made it all the more disturbing. every time the ghost appeared indy growled....

    k
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    Harvey does not get scared but he does get very yappy and will run round in circles.

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