How The Thundershirt Calms My Miniature Schnauzer During Fireworks And Thunderstorms

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The 4th Of July Fireworks Really Frightens My Dog

Loud noises frightens my Miniature Schnauzer. The first day of July each year I begin to dread the 4th of July! I know what’s coming! My little dog, Baby, is very afraid of fireworks, thunderstorms, and the visit to the Veterinarian. Her little body actually trembles! From what I have read this is a very common problem for dog owners. My neighbor has a cat who is also terrified. It is a phobia! This phobia does not affect all dogs. It can happen to any dog, any breed, any size, any age. I’m told this phobia can get better or worse with time. In my case, it seems to be getting worse as Baby gets older. Baby is 5 years old now and if the problem gets any worse, I don’t know what I will do.

What Is Brontophobia?

Brontophobia is fear of thunderstorms. It can affect humans and animals alike. Some people are so afraid of thunder they will run and seek shelter away from the noise. They may hide under a bed just like a dog would do. If there is an inpending storm, they will not go outside.

I Know Exactly How Baby Feels About Fireworks

I know how Baby feels. When I was a child, I was terribly afraid of thunder storms. My Daddy would try to calm me every way he could think of, but nothing worked. One day during a terrible storm he made me sit with him on the porch as the lightening popped and the thunder boomed. He would point out how beautiful the sky was when it lit up. He laughed and said the noise was just God bowling! I saw no beauty in the display of God’s fury, and I got no comfort from God’s game of bowling!

I broke away and ran to my room. I got behind the door. To calm myself, I sang the old hymn “God Will Take Care of You”. I trembled and sang until the storm finally passed.

I can remember when I was about ten years old; I had gone downtown to see a double feature. My favorite, Roy Rogers was in a movie. When I came out of the theater, there was a terrible storm going on. I was to meet my Mother who was shopping at a department store three blocks away. I panicked. I was afraid to go where my Mother was. I began to run aimlessly. I was running up and down the street, crying, when she met me and rescued me.

My Best Friend

One of my favorite photos of Baby
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Baby After Taking A Tranquilizer Pill

She's a little "hung over".
She's a little "hung over". | Source

I Can Completely Sympathize With My Dog

My fear of storms never got better as I grew up. When I had children, I didn’t want them to be afraid the way I was. When a storm came, I would gather them around the piano and we would sing together. I would just pretend I wasn’t afraid at all. It must have worked because not one of my four children pays any attention to a storm. It doesn’t bother them at all.

So, you see, I can completely sympathize with Baby. I know exactly how she feels: scared to death; trapped with no way out; sheer panic; short of breath and panting.

I have talked to my Veterinarian about this problem. He gave me a tranquilizer to give her when a storm was approaching. Here in South Florida the storm comes very quickly. By the time the pill takes effect, the storm is over.

My neighbors begin their fireworks early on the 4th of July and they go until the wee hours of the morning or until they run out of fireworks. I can't keep Baby drugged up that long! After the pill wears off she is “hung over”. You can tell by her photo how limp she is!

Ways To Help Your Dog With Their Fear Of Fireworks

I’ve read all about ways to help your dog to get over this fear.

There are CD’s that are supposed to desensitize the dog by creating sounds like a storm. (That would panic her even worse!)

Someone invented a shirt that hugs the dog and is supposed to reassure them. (My hugs do nothing to make her better). They named this garment the Thundershirt. I later bought one of these and it really works. Read on to learn just how well it works on Baby.

Some say to put cotton the dog’s ears (Baby would just shake them out)

There are sprays with some kind of a diffuser that releases pheromones into the dog’s environment like a room freshener. People don’t notice it. It’s supposed to help the dog feel less anxious and safer.

There are herbal remedies that are a combination of flower essence and is supposed to calm the dog.

Other tips include playing with your dog during a storm to distract them. That would not work with Baby. I cannot get my hands on her. She is too far under the bed and will not come out.


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Some Dogs Panic At The Sound Of Fireworks

My neighbor across the street has a beautiful, quiet, well-mannered German shepherd. He stands with his feet on the top of their chain link fence to greet anyone passing by. The 4th of July, he went nuts when he heard the firecrackers go off in the neighborhood. He leaped right over the fence and was gone. The owners found him the next day about 3 miles from home. He was lying on the side of the road, dead. He must have run in front of a car in his desperate attempt to get away from the noise.

Dogs have been known to run through a plate glass door because they are out of their mind with fright. I had a friend who left her Boxer in his crate for the day. There was a bad storm that day, and when she came home from work, his metal crate was bent and mangled. Can you just imagine how that dog must have felt: being locked in a crate with NO escape, and the fear he must have felt?

I went to our local bank this morning, and there were three separate posters asking for help in finding a lost dog. The dogs had been missing since the 4th of July. Lord only knows where they are. I hope they are found safe and sound.

A friend of mine works at our local Animal Shelter. He told me just today that for the past three days, a family has been in there hoping someone had found their dog and brought him in. He feels so bad for these families because he is a dog lover, too.

Don't Symphathize With Your Dog

Dog experts say to just make sure the dog is in a safe place. Don’t leave the dog outside where he can run away. I read that the worst thing you can do to cuddle the dog and say reassuring words. Don’t say, “it’ll be o.k., don’t worry, etc.etc.” That is my natural thing to do. I want to hold Baby and reassure her that this will pass, and everything will be fine.

A Dog's Hearing Is Superior To That Of Humans

I have spent considerable time researching this real life problem. A dog’s hearing is much better than ours. That is a known fact. The frequency range of dog’s hearing is approximately 40 Hz to 60,000 Hz. That means that the dog can detect sounds far beyond the upper limit of the human auditory spectrum. Dogs have ear mobility which we don’t possess. They can rapidly pinpoint the exact location of a sound. They have 18 or more muscles that tilt, rotate, raise, or lower the ear. A dog can identify a sound’s location much faster than a human can, and they can hear sounds at four times the distance.

I have never understood how a dog hears so well. A breed like Baby has ears that hang over the opening in the ear. It would seem to me that would prevent her from hearing very well. I would think that a dog that has ears that stand straight up would hear much better. That does not seem to be the case.

Baby Loves Her Walks

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You Can See The Fear In Her Eyes

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Baby Is Afraid To Take A Walk

Baby’s favorite thing in the world is going for a walk. The day after the 4th of July, I had to drag her out of the house. Really, I had to pick her up and carry her out. She was a wreck. She would walk along, stop, then look back at me with that expression of absolute fear that the boom boom sound would come back. The next day was somewhat better. She was still afraid to go out, but she did on her own accord. Things were going along really well until about half through the walk, she heard a LOUD boom! I was glad she had her halter on instead of a collar; otherwise, she would have bolted and broke the collar!

Baby, My Miniature Schnauzer

She is still somewhat afraid, but getting better.
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This Is Baby Before I Discovered The Thundershirt

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A Review Of The Thundershirt

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One of my daughters got ME a Thundershirt for my birthday!

She knew how stressed out I get when Baby is scared of loud noises, so she bought me a Thundershirt. I had seen these advertised on TV and different places, but I didn't think they would work. You know, it really does work. The shirt applies gentle, but constant pressure on the dog's torso. The causes an amazing calming effect for the dog. As soon as I put it on her, she immediately calmed down. It is a miracle!!! Just imagine infants being swaddling; same principal.

The manufacturers advise if your dog will be wearing the Thundershirt for more than two hours, remove it and check for any possible irritation, which they say is rare.

I didn't have any problem putting the Thundershirt on Baby. It was a little tricky attaching the Velcro fasteners in the proper places to get it wrapped around her properly, but once I got it on her, she didn't mind having it on at all. I think she rather liked the feel of it. I rewarded her with a piece of chicken.

Now, as soon as I hear thunder in the distance, I put the Thundershirt on Baby until the storm passes.

Next 4th. of July I will be using the Thundershirt, and I think it will relieve her fear of the noise. I wish I had invented the Thundershirt!

Getting Ready To Put The Thundershirt On Baby

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The Thundershirt Is Now Wrapped Securely Around Baby

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Baby Is Very Relaxed With The Thundershirt On Her

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Could We Just Dispense With Fireworks?

If and when I ever get another dog, I will buy the desensitizing CD’s and play them for the dog when they are just a puppy. If I start early enough, I think that might just work. Maybe the dog will get used to hearing those loud boom-booms and not be afraid when the actual noise occurs.

I am so happy I discovered the Thundershirt! It has truly helped Baby calm down at the sound of thunder. I'm anxious to try it the next time she hears fireworks.

I am a very patriotic person, and I would like to celebrate the 4th of July, but could we just dispense with the fireworks?? Think of all the money we could save.

Am I the only dog owner who feels this way?

A Word Of Advice On The Thundershirt

I have found from experience: I MUST put the Thundershirt on my dog BEFORE THE FIREWORKS BEGIN! If she hears ONE boom from a firecracker, it's too late, and the Thundershirt will NOT WORK! She is already in that panic mode.

So, my advice is to put the Thundershirt on your dog well before you expect to hear Fireworks.

The Thundershirt Can Be Used For Cats, Too

The Thundershirt can also be used to calm cats, too. It is usually a real chore to transport a cat to the Veterinarian's office for their check ups.

Some Veterinarians are now using the Thundershirt in their clinics to help calm their feline patients!

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JKenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

Hi Mary, great work, something that I can really relate to you. In Britain, we obviously don't celebrate the 4th of July; instead our firework bonanza occurs on the 5th of November, Guy Fawkes night. I absolutely hate it, everyone spends hundreds of pounds on rubbish fireworks, plus I spend the night trying to keep my poor Jack Russell calm. Why do we have to have fireworks? Guy Fawkes was burnt at the stake, so surely a good old fashioned bonfire would be more relevant. Great stuff Mary. Voted up etc.


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Mary,

Great advice for dogs, my family owns four so we can relate for sure! :) And your dog is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing this article with us!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, JKenny, thanks for reading about my miniature schnauzer's fear of fireworks. I wish I had all the money my county spends of these fireworks. I loved your comment about Guy Fawkes being burnt at the stake, etc. I'll have to look him up......Yes, bonfire would be so much better than all these fireworks,

Thanks so much for the vote...I appreciate that.

Bye for now, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, josh3418. So nice to see you! Thanks for reading about my Baby, and I'm glad you think she is gorgeous. I do too! She's a honey.

I just feel so sorry for her when the fireworks go off.

See you again, Mary


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Mary,

This hub really hits a chord with me. All of our pets, both cats and dogs have always been fearful of fireworks. Except for city run events, it is illegal to shoot individual fireworks off in the city, but we live in the county. Not only are the sounds scary, but the smell of smoke in the air is terrible. Sadly it is not only one day. They start selling them ahead of the 4th so sometimes it is a multi-day affair with the 4th being the worst.

Between Christmas and New Years they are also sold...so it is a twice a year thing.

When my Dad was dying in San Antonio, we had him at home doing the hospice thing before hospice even existed in that location. He died in July but after the 4th. The sound of fireworks brought back memories of being in WW2 for him. So I hate having fireworks go off for that reason also. It was terrible for him in his very last days in this life.

I would think that anyone who has been through a war would not like them...but that is supposition on my part.

For thunderstorms, we used to buy some sort of herbal pill that seemed to work...at least lessen our dog's fear somewhat. Have forgotten all about that. I should look for it because our dog Skippy is showing more fear of them as he is getting older.

As to the cost of fireworks...I have often thought the same. Just THINK how the money spent on them could be put to much better use. Last year when Houston was in a terrible drought and fires were a real hazard, the city went ahead and shot them off anyway. In one of the parks the grounds were wetted down ahead of time and lots of extra firemen were employed "just in case." I thought that it was really silly to go ahead in those circumstances. Oh well...not everyone thinks the same. That is for sure! I guess it is an industry like any other and the people involved want to make a profit.

Voted up, useful and sharing.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Aw Mary, poor Baby. What a cutie, love your photos but I know how awful it is to have a nervous dog on a firework night (November 5th over here- Guy Fawkes night). Our old dog, Bugsy used to just sit beside my mam all night. I love proper firework displays but don't agree with setting them off in gardens in neighbourhoods - not good.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Peggy W, thanks for reading and for such a nice comment on how fireworks affect my schnauzer. You know, I never would have thought about how fireworks could affect veterans. I'm sure it makes them think of shells and bombs. I wish they were illegal in my county! There was a newspaper article just before the 4th asking for donations to keep the fireworks display, because the county was short on funds. Boy! I wouldn't give a dime.

And every year some child is injured because of fireworks.

If you think of that herbal medication, please let me know.

Thanks for the votes and the share. I do appreciate that.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hey, Jools99. I had a comment from JKenny who told me about Guy Fawkes. I looked him up cause I'd never heard of him. Now, I know about the bonfires and everything!

I just can't see any justification for fireworks, but that's just my opinion. Some folks just love them, and that's OK. Maybe they don't have a dog.

Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment, Mary


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Nettlemere 4 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

Like Jkenny I'm from the UK and unfortunately in my area folks start letting off fireworks in September most nights until Guy Fawkes has past. They're not supposed to do it, but I guess it's hard to catch them. I could deal with it better if it was just one night or only organised events.

The only thing I can think to suggest would be driving out to somewhere that no-one lives and setting up camp for the night of the 4th - not very sociable, but could be worth it.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Nettlemere, I have several friends from the UK reading this Hub today. Good to see you. I think I'd go nuts if our fireworks lasted more than a day. Sometimes, we 'll hear one or two on the 5th of July and that is bad enough.

You know, I thought about going somewhere else with Baby so she wouldn't have to listen to the fireworks, but they are all over here. There is no getting away from them.

Thanks for reading and commenting.


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LetitiaFT 4 years ago from Paris via California

I had a half-schnauzer half-poodle mix when I was growing up and the poor guy had epileptic fits during fireworks even when they were a long way off. Never knew what to do. It was terrible.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Mary 615, your cutey Baby is precious. I thought all smaller dogs shake when hearing those dreadful fireworks. I can't believe we're still using them with this bad economy, Joyce.

Voted up and awesome, Joyce


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, LetitiaFT. That's terrible about your little dog that had seizures during fireworks! I really do worry about Baby, but I don't know what to do for her.

I don't like fireworks either. A house a couple of streets over had their roof catch fire from some dumb firecracker!

Thanks for reading and commenting. Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Joyce. Thanks for reading about how fireworks affect my schnauzer. No, big dogs can be affected too, like the Shepard across the street from me. Not all dogs are affected, I guess.

It's just money down the drain to buy these things, I think.

Thanks for the vote!

Bye for now, Mary


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Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

None of my 3 little dogs are bothered by firecrackers or thunder, but my 125 lb Rottweiler is terrified. She just wants to stay near me, she will follow me from room to room and tremble. I used to have a German Shepherd that would do things like jump up on the table, he would get in such a panic.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Sherry Hewins. You are so lucky that your 3 little dogs are not frightened by firecrackers. I can just see you if all four were scared to death! I know, it's amazing that some big dogs like yours are scared to death. I have a friend who has a Great Dane who is scared to death of loud noises and jumps up into her lap when he is scared!

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Goodnight, Mary


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Our dog does not like fireworks, thunder or gunshots. He's a hunting dog. We just get him in the house and we act calm and it seems to calm him. He never leaves our side while any of these things are going on. Great hub voted up


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shalini sharan 4 years ago from Delhi

you remind of my pet, he was also scared of them

great hub though


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

We had one dog in particular who was bothered by fireworks. We did not know that until we moved next door to peoples who had 4th of July parties with fireworks. Whe would try to get into the closet full of shoes and such when the fireworks started. Finally we started arranging our vacations to be away at that time.We bought a crate for the dog we have now and she seems to feel secure in it although we no longer live next door to the fireworks I think the crate is a good idea to give the dog a sense of security.


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I sympathize with Baby's problem, Mary. Your hub reminded me of a dog that my sister used to own. He wasn't afraid of fireworks, but he was absolutely terrified of thunder. Eventually the vet prescribed tranquilizers, which helped a little. I love Baby's photos. She's a beautiful dog. Thank you for the suggestions for how to help a dog - or a person - who is afraid of fireworks and thunder.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi moonlake, thanks for reading and taking the time to comment about how fireworks affect my schnauzer. Wonder what your dog would do if he were out hunting, and a thunderstorm came along? We try to act calm around Baby during a storm, but it doesn't help her. Nothing seems to help her.

Thanks for the vote, I appreciate that. Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hey shalini sharan. Isn't it sad when you dog is scared of loud noises, and there is just nothing you can do?

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi dahoglund, your idea of the crate is a good one. I regret never training Baby to use a crate. I feel like leaving town when the fireworks start around here, too. If and when I ever get another dog, it will definitely be crate trained. Thanks for reading.

Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hey AliciaC, I can't imagine a dog who is afraid of thunderstorms, but not afraid of fireworks! Baby goes nuts at both! Here in S. Fl we have a storm almost every afternoon in the summer. As I said in the Hub, if I give Baby the tranquilizer pill, by the time it works, the storm is over and it leaves her limp and groggy.

Thanks for the compliment on Baby. Yes, we think she is beautiful, too

Mary


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Hi Mary, a very moving hub and my heart goes out to you and Baby - poor wee thing. And oh, that poor German Shepherd Dog!!! One of my Rough Collies - Megan - was petrified at fireworks. If I'd had the power I would have banned them all and too bad if it spoiled people's fun. What we did get though - and I'm going back about 11 or 12 years ago - was the UK Government did ensure that fireworks were only allowed to make a certain amount of noise and did ban fireworks that I think were called 'canons' - and boy they sounded like them as well.

I'm not a nervous person at all and I don't get easily startled but whenever a firework goes off it makes me jump! Megan my Rough Collie was petrified and the only thing that would get her through days such as Guy Fawkes Night in the UK was sedation from the vet. Basically she would loose a day and a half, but I would rather have had her out of it, than let her go through the distress and fear that she did. We would give her the sedation a number of hourse before the fireworks were due to go off so that the sedation had kicked in before all the noise started. Why do humans have to have noise to celebrate???

But what is worse - where I live anyway, although it's not as bad as it used to be - is that some stupid youngsters would let off fireworks weeks before any event was due. At times we could hear them from October right up to November 5th - Guy Fawkes Night. This meant we actually had to keep a supply of sedation from our vet in the house from about September right through until after the New Year partying. Luckily the dogs I have now are not too bad. But owners need to be careful that if one dog starts to react to fireworks, then if another dog is in the house, they will also start to react even if they weren't bothered before. That's what happened with Benji one of my dogs who I had at the same time as Megan. Luckily he didn't get as bad as her but it does affect other animals if one reacts badly. We tried the plug-in pheremones, herbal stuff and god knows what else and nothing worked except the vet treatment.

But Mary, don't feel guilty if you do have to have Baby drowsy for a day or so - it's better that than the fear and distress they go through and the distress you go through feeling helpless to help them!

Ps - we also tried the technique of not cuddling Megan and so on and it didn't work, I had the feeling she thought we didn't recognise her fear when we ignored it, so I hugged her anyway!!


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DrMark1961 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

I read this last night and was thinking of how to help Baby. There is no cure but you can diminish her response next year if you start now.

If she is like most Miniature Schnauzers she likes to eat, so take some broiled chicken breast and cut it up into small pieces (like the size of your little fingernail). Give her a piece, and when you are sure she likes it have your husband step outside and light ONE firecracker. (Not one of those big rolls with many pops, just an individual firecracker, and it needs to be outside so that the sound is somewhat muffled) When it is done give her another piece of chicken. Stop for the day. Do the same thing for about a week, only one firecracker per day. Baby should start to associate the sound of a firecracker with a chicken treat. (If she is not into chicken breast find something she really, really likes. It needs to be extra special and not something you normally give her.) The second week your husband should be looking in at the window when he lights the firecracker. Give her the treat, make sure you pause long enough for her to eat it, give her lots of praise, and then he can light another one. No more than two firecrackers, and after each one give her a special treat and lots of praise. Smile, act calm, tell her what a good dog she is. Keep that up for another month. The next month go up to three firecrackers, with a treat given after each one.

This is not a cure. This is conditioning (or classical counterconditioning) and it WILL decrease her response to the noise. If you live in a residential area it is not going to make you popular with your neighbors and I realize you are not into fireworks but no dog should have to live with the horrible phobia that hits her on the fourth. After a few months, when she is not responding much to the fireworks, you can stop and only do this once or twice a week; you need to keep doing it throughout the year. Even after next years holiday you need to do it. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any questions as you provide therapy for her.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Seeker7, Thanks for the wonderful comment you made on my Hub about my dogs fear of fireworks. I wish fireworks were banned in my county. My fellow Hubber who lives in Houston, Texas tells me in her comment it is illegal in her community. I just see absolutely no point in them. I have learned through this Hub of your Guy Fawkes night. Oh,how terrible that must be for you and the dogs.

As you can see by Baby's photo after the sedation, the effect it has on her. I don't like it, but I have no choice. Yes, I'd rather have her drugged up than scared out of her mind.

Again, thanks for taking the time to write such a nice comment.

My best, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hello DrMark1961. I can't thank you enough for the wonderful advice you gave me on conditioning Baby with the chicken. Chicken is her most favorite thing in the world! You know, that just might work because recently I had a new lawn maintenance man . He wore a baseball cap and sunglasses and she decided she did not like his looks. Baby would be in her fenced in yard and he would come to cut the grass. She never bit him, but she would run up to him, bark, snarl, growl, and just let him know she did NOT LIKE HIM. I gave him some chicken to give to Baby when he came, and after about the third time of giving her the chicken, they were old friends. She has never barked at him since! Now she runs to him with her ball to invite him to play with her.

I am definitely going to follow your advice. It makes a lot of sense!

I am so happy to have met you! I see you have written a lot Hubs about dogs (my favorite subject!)

My regards, Mary


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Baby is so adorable in the picture you love of her! I sympathize with your having to deal with the fireworks every year. We had a cat who was afraid of thunder and that was something we had to learn to deal with through the years.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

I can relate to baby's fear. We have Hanna, and she does the same thing. They are so close to say a word... because we can feel when they are mad at you for not saying hi. Baby should've played in a movie, this way his food would be for free. She is as cute as she can be. Hope you have her for the longest. Thanks for sharing your heart with this one Mary. Sorry for the lateness... was doing some research for my history hubs.


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

You might look into the jackets/vests for dogs that are supposed to calm them during storms, fireworks, etc. I've never used one on my dog but I have two friends that have used the vests on their dogs and the report is they work! Now, whether this depends on the dog, the fit of the vest, etc., etc. I couldn't tell you but it sure might be worth a try with your beautiful Baby. Great Hub! Best/Sis


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi teaches12345, thanks for reading and for the nice compliment on my dog, Baby. Yes, I think she is quite adorable, and that's why I feel so sorry for her when she is frightened and there is nothing I can do.

My neighbor has a cat that goes crazy at the sound of fireworks.

Goodnight, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Lord, thanks for reading about my sweet little dog, Baby. Yes, I hope I have her for a long time, too.

Don't ever apologize for being late reading my stuff....I get so far behind with yours, I feel bad sometimes. You write a Hub about every day!

I'll look forward to your history Hubs.

See you again soon. Goodnight, friend.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Angela Blair. I have been tempted to buy one of those vests. One problem I would have is I'd have to keep it on her the whole evening and night of the 4th. These people don't stop around here. Then, the next day, they shooting off the firecrackers, and even the next day until they are all gone. I think there should be a law against it.

Today we had a thunderstorm, and she was so scared. It's sad, but true.

Thanks for reading, Mary


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Mary, Baby is a very, very, very pretty dog (please woof hi to him for me.) Hope he gets over the fireworks! Voted up!


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA

Nice hub, but poor Baby! I used to also believe that you can reinforce fear by babying a dog or talking to it as many websites claim so and even trainers. However, with a better understanding on learning theory, I found out this is often a myth. I wrote a hub about this and the science about the fact that emotions cannot be reinforced for the most part. As a dog trainer/behavior consultant I have had success with clients of dogs fearful of noises by using desensitization CD's along with anxiety wraps such as Thundershirt. In severe cases, I worked along with a veterinarian prescribing anti-anxiety meds. However, the CD' s must be presented sub-threshold and I have had higher success rates when combined with counter-conditioning .


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I so agree Mary. My dog panics at fireworks, thunder or dropping a pin! I spent my 4th comforting her because my community has a huge fireworks display and she cowers in the bathroom. Her teeth chatter and they sound like glass and I think they might break! It's sad. I totally understand.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

My dog, Beauty, sympathizes with your dog. She hates anything loud like thunderstorms, fireworks, gunshot sounds, etc. We use the spray for her and it is a miracle worker! But, I would never want to dispense with fireworks. My youngest grandchild, Alex, was born on the forth of July so it is a tradition to have the fireworks go off at night for him, haha.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning alexadry. Thanks so much for reading about my dog's fear of fireworks and thunder. You have given me some good advice. I will invest in a thunder shirt. If I play a CD with loud noise, she will just panic and run under the bed, I think.

I do think puppies should listen to these tapes when they are very young and learn from an early age that the loud noise is not going to hurt them.

Have a great day, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Denise Handlon, Poor Beauty. I feel bad for her. BTW: I love that name! I've never tried the spray. At this point I'll try anything.

I think it's wonderful that fireworks go off just for your grandchild, Alex! I can see why that would be a tradition. In your case, it's OK to shoot the fireworks.

Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. Mary


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

Hi, Mary...Your Baby is adorable, and I'm sorry she suffers so much from the noise of fireworks. She isn't alone. Although there's a city ordinance where I live that doesn't allow fireworks within the city limits, it's completely ignored--both by residents and the police department. I found bottle rockets all over my yard and some type of large un-exploded firework this past Independence Day! I worry about something hitting the roof and starting a fire.

My mini Schnauzer doesn't like fireworks, but just acts nervous, not terrified. She also dislikes thunder, the vacuum cleaner, going to the vet clinic and to the groomer--the latter since he left abrasions on her chest from an electric shaver. She trembles when we get to the parking lot at the vet's and the groomer's.

I've tried several types of aromatherapy for dogs, and lavender seems to calm her more than anything. I hope you find something that helps Baby.

P.S. I don't like the noise of fireworks, either!


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DrMark1961 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

Hi I just wanted to let you know that I just published a hub on counterconditioning and fireworks to expand on that short post I put on your site yesterday. I hope it helps!


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA

Mary615, the biggest mistake is working on dogs over threshold levels. The process of desensitization involves presenting a frightening stimuli at a less fearful level. If you are playing the CD too loud and she is running under the bed you are working way over threshold. This will only reinforce the fear and cause sensitization which is the opposite of desensitization. You need to do this very slowly and gradually which is why the process is known as "systematic" desensitization. If your dog is fearful, running under the bed and unable to take treats, learning is impaired and the fear is reinforced. It's too much too handle and you would make the fear worse. You would therefore start with the volume very low (remember dogs have very sensitive ears and hear better than us). When you play the CD feed your dog's favorite treats, then stop CD and treats end. Start CD give treats, stop CD treats end. Make the process salient, meaning your dog knows that it is the noise that brings treats. Treats are given during the noise not before or after. Use the treats only for these sessions. I have written extensively on the subject and have many hubs on the subject look for "How-to-Help-a-Dog-Fearful-of-Loud-Noises" and How-to-Help-Dogs-that-Fear-Firecrackers". It can be done; just be patient, work under threshold levels and progress should be made. Best wishes!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi JayeWisdom, Dogs never forget, do they? Like your dog not liking the groomer after he hurt her. It's like cutting their nails too short...they will never forget that, either.

I'm glad your miniature schnauzer is not terrified of loud noises.

You mentioned the concern of your roof catching fire from fireworks. That actually happened in my neighborhood last year!

I wish we had an ordinance against them. I don't like the noise my self.

Thanks for reading, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, alexadry, I will remember your good advice about the cd"s to help Baby get over her fear of fireworks.

I have made myself a note, and will go and read your Hubs on dogs being afraid of firecrackers etc.

I'm so glad to have found you. You seem to be an expert on dogs.

I do appreciate your advice and comment., Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi again, Alexadry. I just read one of your Hubs about fear and dogs. I linked your Hub into this one. I do hope that's OK.

I could not find the ones you mentioned in your comment. You have SO many wonderful hubs on the subject of dogs. I know we are not allowed to put links to our Hubs in comments, BUT ......if it isn't too much trouble, could you email the links. Thanks for everything, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi DrMark1961, thanks for coming back and letting me know about your Hub. I'm off to read it., Mary


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Mary, plenty of informative info on this article. Glad to see that Baby is doing good. She looks so much better then the last time I had seen her. After our firework show in Logan, all the dogs were barking and going crazy. I never paid much attention to it, but I can see that most dogs hate them. With their hearing, I could only imagine how noisy it is for them. I guess it can be compared to thunder also. Great job Mary, hope you are doing great, and best wishes.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, the lyricwriter. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment on my hub about how fireworks affects my schnauzer. Poor dogs: they just don't understand what all the noise is about. I'd be scared, too. Baby is so afraid. I have received some good advice on how to handle her problem, though.

Thanks for your well wishes for us.

Goodnight, Mary


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Hi, Mary. So sorry to hear about Baby's aversion to fireworks. Can't blame her - sometimes that rocket type is so loud it feels like your eardrums are being shattered. Try that tight jacket that some of your readers have mentioned and see if that helps.

Hope the conditioning with a treat and a firecracker works, too.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, drbj. I have received some very good advice on how to deal with the problem of my Schnauzer's fear of fireworks. I'm going to try a couple to see if the problem will improve. This is a common problem with dog owners ( and cats). Fireworks scare me too, I jump a mile when I hear one going off!

Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment, my friend., Mary


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

This is a very common and sad problem for dogs. It is something they don't understand and it really freaks them out. Something I have started using over here is the foam expanding earplugs. They reduce the noise level DRAMATICALLY and are easy to insert. Once in, it would be hard for them to fall out, but easy enough to pull out ... just a though.

Sharing, up and interesting.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I understand how the noise from fireworks can scare animals. I feel so sorry for those that get so scared. I had a cocker spaniel, that would climb me like a tree, when fireworks went off. I kept her in the bathroom with the radio going. I now have a yellow lab that I do the same with. My husky, on the other hand, loves fireworks. She wants to "catch" whatever is popping. We have to keep her in the house as she will try to chase the fireworks. Same thing when we are target shooting, she wants to jump up at the guns. Not a good idea! I feel sorry for your poor Baby. I hope you find something that works for her.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Brett.Tesol. Good to see you today. I've never heard of earplugs that expand. Could you kindly tell me where to purchase those? In the meantime, I will search. I've tried cotton balls, but she just shakes those right out.

Thanks for reading and commenting,

Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi sgbrown, this is a real problem having a dog that is afraid of fireworks or any loud noise. When I am on a walk with Baby, if she hears a car backfire or any sudden noise, she will panic! I make sure I have her halter on, not a collar!

I have received some good advice here. I'm willing to try anything at this point. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

Mary


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

aaww...your pet is adorable!

I agree loud noises of any kind do scare these mini creatures.

beautiful hub, mary!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Ruchira, thanks for reading about my schnauzer's fear of firecrackers. It is a real problem for us.

Thanks for the compliment on my Hub.

Goodnight, Mary


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi mary, I can totally sympathise. My aunts cat was the same, one day the cat was walking up the garden path and someone set of a firework, I have never seen a cat run so fast, in fact she hurt herself trying to get into the house. it really is something that needs to be sorted out, what a shame about the dog that got run over, animals don't know what's happening and it must be terrifying for them, I used to play music quite load to try and overcome the noise, as we have bonfire night, fifth november, and that's the night that we try and keep the dogs and cats in.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Nell Rose. Yes, cats can get panicked just like dogs, but I don't think is quite as common. It's so sad so see these animals so frightened, and you are so helpless!

I've learned about your bonfire night, isn't that the Guy Fawkes night?

Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment., Mary


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Teylina 4 years ago

Been thru this with several types of animals. Nell is right. Some cats really become spooky with thunder; glad you explained the hearing process with dogs--my understanding from an old vet years ago said they "feel the sound coming" before we hear it. Don't know, but some act like it! Good hub. Thanks


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi,Teylina. I have also heard that dogs sense the change in the atmospheric pressure when a storm is coming that we are not aware of, too.

Thanks for reading and for the nice compliment on my Hub.

Goodnight, Mary


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

I really enjoyed you're hub, and I know how you're little dog feels. Loud noises hurt their ears.

Thunder storms are not exactly safe. Usually they are accompanied by lightening, and we all know that lightening is not safe to be around.

Most people realize that lightening can be scary. I have heard of people, trees, and objects , and lots of things getting struck by it . The earth is struck by thousands upon thousands of strike per year.

It is not safe to stand under trees, or out in a field during lightening storms. People have been killed by lightening.

Your fear of thunder is not exactly unrealistic because storms these days can be accompanied by high winds, sudden pounding, and surprising rain , and storm showers, that seem to pop up at any time these days in our world's climatically strange weather these days. Needless to say, the Weather Channels are always having top stories about hurricanes, tornadoes, tropical storms, snow storms, floods, or on anything ,and everything under the sun.

So regardless of what anyone might think, I do not blame little animals for hiding under beds during thunder storms, lightening, or because of fireworks because quick changes in weather is a common unmannerly moody thing these days. God Bless You Dear heart, and it is wise to be on guard about weather, and noise. Fourth of July, or not, noise is noise if it goes on too long. There should be limits on noise, and times do change in and effort to satisfy societal needs. Not everyone gets a great thrill out of fireworks, so that need should be respected, and honored as well. GBY.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Sunday morning to you, stars439. Thanks for reading and for your very meaningful comment on my Hub about my Schnauzer being so afraid of thunder and fireworks. You know, Florida is known for the number of lightening hits we get each year, especially during the summer. I love Florida, but I always dread the summer months because of the weather. Then we have to be concerned about the possibility of a hurricane! Oh, well..we can't control the weather, huh?

No, I don't get a thrill out of fireworks!


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

This is very interesting information. My malinois/collie mix, Missy, is horribly afraid of thunderstorms. Finally found out she has brontophobia! She would pant all around the house, breathe heavily, and will not stand still or go outside. I looked at most of the votes on your poll and looks like most dogs have brontophobia. My dog's phobia never got better, only worse. I think it really does get worse as they get older more so than it does better because they grow use to the fear their first couple years of living. If your dog has brontophobia and if they are a new pup, definitely train them very early out of it asap.

I have to say, this is a very informative article and very well written. Well done!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, KDuBarry03, That's too bad about your dog that is afraid of thunderstorms. I symphathize with you. It is a real problem. I've decided Baby will just have to live with her brontophobia. I've tried everything to help her; nothing works. I think you have to start when they are puppies to desensitize them.

Thanks for the nice compliment on my Hub, Mary


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Poor thing. That's exactly how it affects my aunt's mutt, who is much bigger than your Baby. We tried to hide him in a quiet part of the host when fireworks happen, but he can still hear them. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi alocsin. So nice to see you! I feel bad for your aunt's dog...it really is sad to see the poor dogs frightened to death. They just don't understand. My neighbors were still shooting fire crackers for a week after the fourth of July! There should be a law.....

Thanks for the votes, I appreciate that, Mary


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MarieAlice 4 years ago from Peru

what and adorable pet you have!!!!

Thank you for the advices given in this hub.... a few weeks ago, when Spain won the Eurocup (I live in Spain) our neighbors got crazy and start playing with fireworks (just like the 4th of July) to celebrate the victory. All the dosg, including mine, started crying and getting nervous... I didn´t know exactly what to do and got a little nervous to... I will follow your advices next time!!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi MarieAlice, Awww, I'm so sorry your dog got nervous when the fireworks went off. They are so pitiful when that happens. I never know what to do when Baby is frightened at fireworks. I just hope it ends soon with all the noise.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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Green Bard 4 years ago from Tenerife

Voted Up and Awesome! My cat Tiggy hates fireworks too and runs and hides under the bed. I think it is so thoughtless of people who let them off. I have come to hate fireworks. By the way, I often call Tiggy "Baby" too!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Green Bard, I'm glad you liked my Hub on Fireworks and how they affect my Schnauzer. I just hate them! I can see no justification in them, but I have to try and understand some people do like them. Awww, your cat is called Baby, too....Bet she is your Baby!

Thanks for the votes, Mary


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

Mary,

What a beautiful Baby you have to love and cherish.

My Sweetie Angel is afraid of bad weather---and I pick him up and walk around and talk to him like he was a child--and he is mine--and I did the same way when I took him to the Vet because he would make a loud noice from his throat. I would walk around and talk to him, and continue when I walked into the Vet's office.

Now he is much calmer and just barks and jumps in my lap.

I hope Baby will become calmer because it hurts us I believe as much as it scares them.

Have a great Sunday,

Bobbi Purvis


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Bobbi, I keep hoping as Baby gets older her fear might get better, but it doesn't. Right now we are having some storms due to the hurricane bands. It is thundering and she is afraid. I'll give her a pill and let her sleep it off.

Oh, yes, I feel so bad for her because there is nothing I can do.

Hope your Sunday is good, too.


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Creative Mixtress 4 years ago from Safety Harbor, Florida

Great hub mary615. I used to manage a very large doggy daycare/boarding facility and had quite a few clients that used the thunder shirt. Not only is this great for dogs that are fearful of fireworks, but any dog that is anxious or timid.

We had a Maltese boarding with us at the facility for a two week stay. She had never been without her 'mama' and never had any other interaction with dogs. We never believed in keeping dogs in their kennels; had over an acre of play yards and took great advantage of them. This poor little Maltese did not want anything to do with the yard or other dogs we introduced her to on her first day. We spent a lot of one on one time with her throughout the day and then wrapped her in her thunder shirt and put her to bed for the evening.

Early the next morning she had to go outside in the worst way. I quickly took her out of her kennel, without taking off her thunder shirt, and put her in one of the small yards with a couple well balanced dogs her size. I walked back into the building to get a jump start on her breakfast and when I returned a few minutes later to retrieve her from the yard; she was playing with the other dogs. I was so relieved that she finally got over her 'first day jitters'; scooped her up in my arms to take her thunder shirt off (which was now dirty) and placed her back on the ground so she could continue hanging with her new friends. Wouldn't you know it, as soon as I placed her back on the ground, she froze and cowered from the other dogs. Thinking it might be that I was there, I walked back inside and watched from the window. No... didn't work... she was still as timid. I decided to put the thunder shirt back on her, and voila, we had a very happy and confident dog once again.

Thank goodness we had an extra thunder shirt that fit her. We spent the next two weeks exchanging the dirty for clean and she had the best time over her stay. By the end of her vacation, she was playing with the large group and even enjoying the wading pool.

If anyone has issues with a timid dog, I suggest you try a thunder shirt. They have my vote!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Creative mixtress. Thank you so much for reading about how loud noises affected my little dog, Baby. That was such a wonderful endorsement for the Thundershirt you wrote. I loved the story you told about the little Maltese and how the Thundershirt helped her. I never thought this shirt would work, but after I tried it, I am a believer!

BTW: the Maltese is one of my favorite breeds, I adopted one from our shelter and wrote a Hub about him. His name is Mister. I invite you to read it when you have some time.

I wish I could put your comment in my Hub here!

Thanks again, Mary


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA

Yay! I am happy you gave Thundershirt a try and saw results already. I have many happy clients using Thundershirt/Anxiety Wrap/ Storm Defender, but I always recommend their use along with behavior modification. If you have any questions about it, feel free to ask, I used to work for a pet store as a trainer before opening my own business and had reps talk me about it a lot. I think I wrote a hub about its use too not too long ago, best wishes for more and more progress!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, alexadry. So nice to see you! Thanks for reading and commenting on my Hub about how loud noises affect my Schnauzer. I really do like the Thundershirt. I was a skeptic, but now I am a believer. I wish I had invented this shirt! I went looking for your Hub about this,but you have SO many wonderful Hubs I just couldn't find it. When you have time, you could email me the link. You notice I linked one of your great Hubs into this one....Mary


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Creative Mixtress 4 years ago from Safety Harbor, Florida

Hi mary615, you are more than welcome to add my comment if Hub Pages allows it. I look forward to reading about Mister. All the best!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi again, CreativeMixtress, I made note of receiving positive comments on this Hub concerning the Thundershirt. Hopefully, the reader will take the time to read yours and others who commented. alexadry is a professional dog trainer, and she really likes the use of the Thundershirt.

Have a wonderful day, Mary


Casimiro 4 years ago

Hi mary615,

I'd never heard of the Thundershirt, but what a great and unexpected idea! We have two dogs, a border collie and a Tico "mutt" the size of your Baby. The BC is terrified of thunder and at the first rumbling is scratching at the door and heads for under the bed. Our little dog, Lily, could not care less about it.

- Casey


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Casimiro. I had seen these Thundershirts advertised on TV, but I just thought it was another "gimmick" to sell something. They are sold money back guarantee, so if you buy one for BC and are not satisfied, you get your money back.

It really helps my Schnauzer to be unafraid.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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bdegiulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Mary, our Shih Tzu, Gobi, is also afraid of thunderstorms and loud noises. We just purchased a Thundershirt and so far it seems to be working. We are keeping our fingers crossed. Thanks for sharing your story.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

HI, bedgiulio. I agree: the Thundershirt really works! I should be a salesperson for that company. As soon as I hear thunder, I get out the Thundershirt and put it on Baby. She calms right down. It is amazing.

My daughter's Shih Tzu recently died after giving birth to a total of 5 puppies. I just published a Hub about that heartbreaking event. I just love Shih Tzus. She was just the sweetest dog.

I think you will like the Thundershirt, Mary


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

I empathize with both you and Baby, because I have brontophobia too. I am afraid of thunder and loud noises. A bit better, but quite bad when I was a child. Thanks for sharing about thunder shirts...I didn't know about these!! Sharing and tweeting!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, midget38. I have always been afraid of thunder and loud noises. My fear doesn't get any better with age, either. They should make a Thundershirt for adults! It really has helped my Baby.

Thanks for reading, the share and the tweet!

Goodnight, Mary


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Animals are like people and have different personalities. Over the years I've had dogs that went into a panic over fireworks and I've had dogs who couldn't care less.

As we all know, Baby is a doll (and she photographs so well). I'm so glad the Thundershirt works and hope it will do a good job on July 4th!

Hmmm, I wonder if your fear transfers to Baby since you two are so close? Just a thought.

Voted up, useful, and interesting....need a helpful button for this one!


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi tillsontitan. Oh, you are so right about dogs having different personalities! Baby is scared to death of loud noises, but Bailey, our Shih Tzu is bothered at all.

This 4th. of July, (as I mentioned in the Hub), I didn't put the Thundershirt on Baby before the boom-booms started. It didn't work at all. My fault....

You may be right about my fear of thunder transferring to Baby. I've always tried not to let my children know of my fear, but maybe Baby senses it, huh???

Thanks for the votes, I appreciate that.

Hope you have a wonderful 2013! Mary


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

HI Mary, finding that my little dog Cloudy is afraid of loud sounds too. I guess it's because dogs have such sharp senses of hearing, loud sounds like that would be terrifying for them. I'll invest in a thunder shirt if it gets too bad! Thanks for sharing!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

I can't believe I didn't wish you and yours a Happy New Year! Best to you.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi midget38. I swear by the Thundershirt. It is a good investment, I think. I just can't wait too long to put it on Baby.

Tell Cloudy hi for Baby, Mary


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Linking and sharing.....and a great way to calm phobias!


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi midget38. Thanks for linking this Hub into yours on dog's fears and how to overcome them. I will do the same.

Have a wonderful day, Mary


Sherry 3 years ago

Mary, enjoyed your article! I am ordering a Thundershirt for my mini schnauzer. With her weight and measurements falling right in between a XS and Small (barely 15lbs & 17 inches), I'm not sure which to order. Your Baby looks about the same size as our Sadie so I am asking which size she is wearing.

Thanks!


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Sherry. My little dog weighs 15 lbs. I bought a small size for her. The velcro makes it easy to adjust. I swear by the Thundershirt. I wish I had invented it. Amazon usually has the best price, although you can find them in pet stores if you don't want to wait for an order. I'm glad you found my article.


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grand old lady 2 years ago from Philippines

This is a very helpful article. I have three dogs and every New Year in the Philippines we have lots of fireworks. I will ask my sister in the States to order Thundershirts for my dogs when she visits the Philippines in November.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, grand old lady These shirts are usually sold money back guarantee so if you aren't happy with the results, you an get your money back. I no longer dread New Year's Eve here.

Thanks for reading and commenting. Mary


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DeborahNeyens 2 years ago from Iowa

We used an old small t-shirt for my dog (a spaniel mix) last Fourth of July and it worked pretty well (for a while). With the holiday approaching, my husband just ordered an actual thundershirt for her last night.


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

I still haven't bought one of these for my dog...I forgot all about the thundershirt, until now! Thanks Mary! :)


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, DeborahNeyens You were pretty smart to try using an old t-shirt for your dog. I used to try and hold Baby very tightly, but that never worked. I'm so glad you are willing to try the Thundershirt. I think you will be pleased.

Thanks for reading and for your interest in the Thundershirt, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Sunshine625 I used to absolutely dread whenever I'd hear thunder, cause I knew what effect it had on Baby. I'm glad I have reminded you of the Thundershirt.

I hope you will get one for your dog; I think you'll be glad you did!

Thanks and have a sunny day, Mary


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

I was not on Pinterest when I first read this. With the 4th of July coming up tomorrow will now pin this as well as tweet, G+ it and share. Happy Independence Day Mary and hope all of our pets are not too distressed by the bombastic pyrotechnics.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Good morning, Peggy. The firecrackers started in my neighborhood last night, so I put on the Thundershirt as soon as I heard the first one go off. Our county spends a lot of money each year to put on a big fireworks display. I would rather see them spend that money in other ways, but they don't ask my opinion, ha. ha.

Every year our local animal shelter pick up dogs that have run away because of their panic when they hear these fireworks.

Thanks so much for the shares about the Thundershirt. I hope it will help a lot of pets (dogs and cats, too).


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

I hope your Baby made it through without too much distress this year. Skippy and our cats did pretty well. Some people down at the end of our street were shooting off firecrackers but it seemed a bit more quiet in our neighborhood than normal. That was fine with us! ☺


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Peggy W Yes, with the help of the Thundershirt, Baby made it through the fireworks this year. We had a heavy rain right before dark, and that prevented a lot of fireworks from being shot. Of course, as soon as the rain stopped it all began, and went on till after midnight!

I recently learned this Thundershirt if great for cats, too. People use them to transport the cat to the Vet's office. Some vets are using them in their practice, too.

Good to see you, Baby says HI to Skippy.


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vocalcoach 23 months ago from Nashville Tn.

Thunder and fireworks cause my Dalmation to shake and tremble. I think her 'girth' may be too large for the thunder shirt, but what a great idea.

Your Baby is precious and as cute as can be. Happy New Year to you Mary.

Audrey


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, vocalcoach, it is so sad to see our beloved pets tremble in fear. That's why I swear by the Thundershirt! They do come in large sizes, so you might consider getting one. If it doesn't fit or if you are dissatisfied, return it

Baby says thank you very much for the nice compliment!

I hope you have a very Happy New Year, too. Mary


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JayeWisdom 23 months ago from Deep South, USA

Hi, Mary....I just read your hub about the Thundershirt again and decided to get one for my sweet Puppy Girl. She went to sleep while the fireworks were exploding on New Year's Eve, so noise isn't a problem any more. However, since she went blind she's more nervous than ever about going to the vet clinic and (to a lesser extent) the groomer.

It amazes me that she can tell when I turn off the highway onto the road that takes us to the clinic because it's ten miles from home and she can't see! But she never fails to begin trembling as soon as the car leaves the highway onto that side road.

She also hates the clinic waiting room, so the trembling continues while we're there. Maybe the Thundershirt will help. That will be a good birthday gift for her (ten years old).

Happy New Year!

Jaye


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi Jaye. So nice to hear from you and your Puppy Girl! Baby trembles, too, while we wait our turn at the Vet's office. You know, I never thought about putting the Thundershirt on her for the Vet visit! It just might calm her down.

We had a lot of fireworks in my neighborhood New Year's Eve. I put Baby's Thundershirt on her early in the evening and she remained calm all evening. It was amazing.

I do hope this shirt will help Puppy Girl with her fear. Please come back and let me know.

I hope 2015 will be a happy year for you and Puppy Girl. Mary


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teaches12345 17 months ago

Just had to pop in here again to say I am so glad Baby has such a caring owner. I would have loved this for my cat. He used to hide under the bed when it stormed and having this might have helped. Blessings, dear lady.


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mary615 17 months ago from Florida Author

teaches12345, good morning! We had a terrible thunderstorm here last night. It came up so fast I didn't have time to get Baby's Thundershirt out and on her. I will be ready on July 4th. , though!!

So nice to see you today, Mary


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Au fait 17 months ago from North Texas

There are still some thunder storms around in different parts of the country and I have had a lot of people over time tell me how scared their animals get, especially their dogs, when the thunder really crashes. Going to share this hoping some of those people will see it and find the solution to calm their dogs down.


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mary615 17 months ago from Florida Author

Au fait, good morning. I seldom endorse a product, but the Thundershirt is worth it's weight in gold. We just survived yet another 4th of July, and I am so thankful I had one of these for my little dog, Baby. She is just terrified of any loud noise.

Thanks for the share, Mary

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