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.  I have spoken to trainers who suggested a behaviorist but they are way to expensive ($700!) and there isn't even a guarantee. I have been grabbing DJ and telling him to go in his crate and he does and even though I never lock the door, when this happens and my husband is not home I do and he just lays in there fine and calm. I have to hold Bogey during fireworks and thunder and can't hold them both at the same time (Bogey 75 pound GSD mix, DJ 35 pound labradoodle. I spoke to my vet and he said fears happen once they mature even though they weren't there before (DJ is 3 now). I need to fix this and I'm at a loss. I'm afraid to leave them home alone together now. Can anyone help?

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Comment by Peri Kolakowski on June 29, 2017 at 5:48pm

I asked my vet about xanax and he didn't believe in it so I don't know how much I would give him.  I have it in the house but that is people dose.  Anyway the ace seems to work on the 4th but I don't do it other days

Comment by Stacy on June 29, 2017 at 5:44pm

Peri - I meant to add that, though I've never tried it, I think dogs can have Xanax. Neither one of my girls have that kind of anxiety now, but if Olivia was still with us and still afraid that would be something I would be interested to try - or at least to talk to my vet about. Interestingly in the last 3 or 4 years of her life she did seem to kind of get over her fear of storms to a point. I'm not sure if she finally figured out that the storm wasn't going to get her, or if she just couldn't hear that well anymore or what. But I felt so much better when she didn't seem to be so frightened.

Comment by Peri Kolakowski on June 29, 2017 at 5:39pm

Stacy we use ace on 4th of July only, I don't like to use it too often.  We just hold and cuddle him and do the best we can at this time

Comment by Stacy on June 29, 2017 at 5:36pm

My old vet once prescribed acepromazine for Olivia for storm anxiety. We only tried it a couple times because I thought it was awful. She would stumble around, unable to settle down and unable to walk in a straight line. I don't think she was any less afraid, she was just drugged up. I used benedryl with very limited success. I tried turning the TV up loud and closing all the blinds (she seemed to react to the flashes of lightning as well as the thunder.) That probably helped the most. I tried the anxiety wrap. I tried comforting her and not comforting her. And nothing really made it better. We just had to get through it. She was a rescue and whatever happened in her life before I got her was something she couldn't ever quite get over. 

When I got Katie as a puppy I made storms into a party. I sang and danced, I played with all her toys, gave her treats and generally tried to assosciate bad weather with happy stuff. That seemed to work. She shows no reaction to weather. But apparently I didn't make the vacuum cleaner into enough of a party. She hates that thing!  

Comment by Wendy and Myla on June 24, 2017 at 9:56pm

I think a lot of your post is missing...???

Comment by Peri Kolakowski on June 24, 2017 at 6:58am
We hv one it doesn't do a thing
Comment by DonMarie and Picco on June 24, 2017 at 6:05am

I'm not experienced with this but a friend has a lab that is scared of thunder and she says the Thundershirt has helped.


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