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    So Toby will be 10 weeks in 2 days. I am noticing he gets scared with banging noises. Our neighbor was hammering last night and Toby did not like the banging and every time we would get him outside he would run back in. So I am sure that when the 4th of July comes (around here it happens a few days before and after too) he will be scared to death.
    Our Pekingese started out ok with fireworks but grew too sensitive to handle it. He would shake for what seemed like HRS and HRS. He would hide under the bed and try to get into things like the luggage and such. We finally had to put him on Valium pills during this time. It was the only way to calm him down.
    I am worried that Toby will end up this same way if we cannot get him used to the noise. Not to mention we live not far from an Army base and they have to practice shooting, we hear the noise from time to time.
    How do you get your dog used to the fireworks?
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    Hi,
    I know its hard but when there is a loud band such as a firework you mustn't react. Dont try and comfort him or cuddle him as he'll see this that there is something to worry about. Just carry on as if nothing has happened.
    If you totally ignore the sound hopefully you'll find he will eventually do the same.
    We used to tutn the telly up abit louder too.
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    Thank you. I will try that.
    Also do you suggest that we stay home in the house or can we go see a fireworks display?
    This is sad to say that last year was the first time since my daughter was in 1st grade that we were able to do our own fireworks. She is 21 now. She does not remember ever holding fireworks or setting them off and watching them. I know its shocking Our Peke was so scared that we could not go anywhere or do our own fireworks. We spent the whole night trying to calm him down
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    Quote Originally Posted by meljoy View Post
    Hi,
    I know its hard but when there is a loud band such as a firework you mustn't react. Dont try and comfort him or cuddle him as he'll see this that there is something to worry about. Just carry on as if nothing has happened.
    If you totally ignore the sound hopefully you'll find he will eventually do the same.
    We used to tutn the telly up abit louder too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gamefanz View Post
    So Toby will be 10 weeks in 2 days. I am noticing he gets scared with banging noises. Our neighbor was hammering last night and Toby did not like the banging and every time we would get him outside he would run back in. So I am sure that when the 4th of July comes (around here it happens a few days before and after too) he will be scared to death.
    Our Pekingese started out ok with fireworks but grew too sensitive to handle it. He would shake for what seemed like HRS and HRS. He would hide under the bed and try to get into things like the luggage and such. We finally had to put him on Valium pills during this time. It was the only way to calm him down.
    I am worried that Toby will end up this same way if we cannot get him used to the noise. Not to mention we live not far from an Army base and they have to practice shooting, we hear the noise from time to time.
    How do you get your dog used to the fireworks?
    Becky
    We made it normal, when there are fireworks we go went out with Luka and he is just used to them. We will do the same with Atlas!

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    LOL I think we posted at the same time. I would love to see fireworks that is not on tv and not muted. Our only issue is he is not fully vaccinated yet
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    Quote Originally Posted by goda View Post
    We made it normal, when there are fireworks we go went out with Luka and he is just used to them. We will do the same with Atlas!

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    I got Nina when she was 7, and already she was petrified of thunder and fireworks. I don't think that she will ever learn to love either one. but I got her a Thunder Shirt almost a year ago....sadly after the 4th of July last year....It is unbeliveable the big differance it makes when she is wearing it. She can now lay in her bed peacefully with the noise.

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    WOW I've never seen anything like that! Gosh I wish we would've had that for our Peke. He had such a rough time. I'll bookmark that and see how it goes this year.
    Thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck View Post
    I got Nina when she was 7, and already she was petrified of thunder and fireworks. I don't think that she will ever learn to love either one. but I got her a Thunder Shirt almost a year ago....sadly after the 4th of July last year....It is unbeliveable the big differance it makes when she is wearing it. She can now lay in her bed peacefully with the noise.

    http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&key...l_73yvqnn5xb_e

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    I would think twice about taking your dog to an actual firework display unless you are sure he is going to be totally OK with them - and that you don't know yet. It's not only the noise but the smell that upsets dogs. I would be with him at home for this first year - not making a fuss of him but reassuring him by your indifference that there's nothing to worry about. My Oliver is fine, and Aled takes his lead from his big brother, but a lot of people find DAP diffusers and collars helpful. The first year I had Oliver I wasn't sure how he would react (he was bred in rural Yorkshire), so every time there was a really big bang outside I got all excited 'Wow! That was a big one - I think that one deserves a treat!' and called him over for a treat. After a few times, he was running to me of his own accord, not at all worried and clearly saying 'I'm sure that one was worth a treat!' He now regards our Guy Fawkes Night as a great night when the treats flow freely!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck View Post
    I got Nina when she was 7, and already she was petrified of thunder and fireworks. I don't think that she will ever learn to love either one. but I got her a Thunder Shirt almost a year ago....sadly after the 4th of July last year....It is unbeliveable the big differance it makes when she is wearing it. She can now lay in her bed peacefully with the noise.

    http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&key...l_73yvqnn5xb_e
    I saw these and suggested it as a possible alternative to my aunt-in-law for her silky haired terrier rescue. He had to be medicated during thunderstorms for fear he would have a heart attack. She bought one and was amazed at how well it worked (and no, I don't work for the company, lol). It's so nice to have something like this that works!

    We ended up taking Rose with us to go see the city fireworks show. It was definitely louder in our neighborhood than downtown! I have to say, Rose is the first dog I've been around who really looked to see how we reacted to something she was concerned about or thought was scary, so even if I thought it was scary or startling too (the coyotes at the back fence was an exception- we both ran like mad back to the house, lol) I tried really hard to not react or reassure her, and she immediately went on about whatever she was doing before. I guess I was just amazed at how much she was taking her cues from me and my reaction. Could just be first puppy syndrome on my part, too, lol.

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    I'm so glad that Rose liked the fireworks. We noticed that Toby is only alert on the first set of fireworks then he settles down and keeps playing with his toys. Since this is the case we plan to take him to the fireworks next year. Our neighbors set off fireworks until midnight then again at 4:15am this morning..UGH! talk about little sleep. They did good though by going to the edge of the neighborhood so we were thankful.
    I cannot wait until next year so we can actually go see a display for the first time in MANY years! If we can keep Toby playing and not paying attention we should be fine.
    Becky



    Quote Originally Posted by Furrfoot View Post
    I saw these and suggested it as a possible alternative to my aunt-in-law for her silky haired terrier rescue. He had to be medicated during thunderstorms for fear he would have a heart attack. She bought one and was amazed at how well it worked (and no, I don't work for the company, lol). It's so nice to have something like this that works!

    We ended up taking Rose with us to go see the city fireworks show. It was definitely louder in our neighborhood than downtown! I have to say, Rose is the first dog I've been around who really looked to see how we reacted to something she was concerned about or thought was scary, so even if I thought it was scary or startling too (the coyotes at the back fence was an exception- we both ran like mad back to the house, lol) I tried really hard to not react or reassure her, and she immediately went on about whatever she was doing before. I guess I was just amazed at how much she was taking her cues from me and my reaction. Could just be first puppy syndrome on my part, too, lol.

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