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    1st t-storm frightened Ben.
    how do you get them over it
    Its not like intro to gunfire you control

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    Do not coddle , pet or reassure!!! This is very important. Just ignore fear behavior and go on like you did not hear anything
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    One of the things that helped my current dogs is that I have Air Force C-5s flying low and loud right over the house. When dealing w/this they look up, locate , watch and gradually move on. It makes the thunder boomers easier because I sit w/younger dogs on my covered but open porch w/them besides me. It has always worked.

    I see you are from CT. My practical suggestion is to go to Bradley Airport and go the southern end of the runway where planes lift off and take your dog on lead, lawn chair and enjoy the view. Many folks spend much time taking pics/watching take-offs there. I- 91 - Bradley exit - past Bradley on CT Route 20 to Granby. You should find it. Good luck.

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    In old dogs this fear can become quite bad and I had one that was un-consolable. The best thing was to lock her in her crate in the laundry room so she didn't destroy doors and the like. I think they "feel" pressure waves or hear low frequencies. She could tell a thunderstorm was coming.

    This dog LOVED shotguns and was a calm confident dog in every other respect.

    I have read there is some relief with the pressure vests.

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    I was totally unprepared when I moved back to Georgia from Alaska where we don't have that problem. We get storms frequently in the afternoon. I just throw bumpers for a minute when it starts up and then either in the crate or ou just let them mess with a kong toy. No worries, no problems and they don't notice thunderstorms as being any different from anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhnnythndr View Post
    I was totally unprepared when I moved back to Georgia from Alaska where we don't have that problem. We get storms frequently in the afternoon. I just throw bumpers for a minute when it starts up and then either in the crate or ou just let them mess with a kong toy. No worries, no problems and they don't notice thunderstorms as being any different from anything else.
    Thats what I did. I played with him as the storm was coming . He could hear it get closer but continued to play. But when the claps were close he stopped playing.
    he didn't run and coward but he was defineatly uncomfortable.
    We were on the floor and he got as close to me as he could. I tried to continue the play but he stopped till it passed.

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    You might play some thunderstorm sounds really loudly on your computer too. I do this for my puppies while they are eating and playing.
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    I will try that thanks !

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    I don't think it's the sounds; my old dog, Maggie, would sit with me in a dove field trembling with excitement--not fear. She would look for birds at the sound of a gunshot nearby. However, thunder would freak her out. We had some success with the 'Thundershirt', but even that didn't work 100% of the time. I don't think it's the sound, but the change in barometric pressure that accompanies the storm. I've read this isn't uncommon with retrievers. I'd try all of the above suggestions and possibly invest in a 'Thundershirt'.

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    I have 2 who aren't very pleased with storms. I had one who was a COMPLETE freak out. It wasn't the noise with her, she would start freaking sometimes long before the storm arrived.

    One of the two I have now is my hunt test dog. She just started showing "concern" this year. At first it was storms and firecrackers/fireworks. However as summer progressed she got ok about storms again. Not 100% relaxed but she will sleep through the night if one hits. The fireworks thing is another story. That really concerns her and makes her nervous and unsettled. She could care less if a gun goes off right next to her, in fact she loves that.

    The advice about ignoring and not rewarding or consoling is dead on! What also might help is working. If it's in the time if day you can, if you know it's coming work on basic easy obedience stuff you know the dog will be successful at, that way you can make him think and give a treat reward for doing well. The storm becomes an ok thing. Keep it simple so you are assured success.

    Come to think of it, we had a big storm blow through at my dogs last hunt test. They had to stop it while it passed over. We sat in the car. Since then she's been better about storms. She ran shortly after they restarted, it was still raining an far (enough) off thunder. Working through might have fixed my girl.

    The fireworks well, we live in suburbia, those loud noises should not be so close to our house, and I agree with her. They make me nervous too. I'm afraid some idiot will burn my house down.
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