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2012-06-27 08:52:26 AM
How can I help my anxious dog handle Fourth of July festivities?

who farking cares, it's a dog
 
2012-06-27 08:52:46 AM
Used to have a dog that went insane at the sight of sparklers. Good times.
 
2012-06-27 08:53:35 AM
My dog is fearless - she loves to stand outside in the middle of thunder storms. Sorry your dog is a pussy.
 
2012-06-27 08:56:07 AM

Marley'sGirl: My dog is fearless - she loves to stand outside in the middle of thunder storms. Sorry your dog is a pussy.


Insane as in trying to chomp down on the sparklers. Wild-eyed, hackles up, jumping and leaping like a dervish trying to get to the sparklers. Fear and loathing with teeth on July 4th.
 
2012-06-27 08:57:36 AM
Tips for helping your anxious dog cope with Fourth of July festivities
www.dog-boarding-nashville.com

/That is all
 
2012-06-27 08:58:10 AM

Marley'sGirl: My dog is fearless - she loves to stand outside in the middle of thunder storms. Sorry your dog is a pussy.


My dog tried to run down a full grown buck last week.

After the Fourth, he'll refuse to go outside in the dark for a month. The worst is when people can't even wait for dusk to start setting them off and he starts panicing half a mile away from home.
 
2012-06-27 08:58:26 AM
Um, basement?
 
2012-06-27 09:00:21 AM
Reminds me, have to run to the vet today and pick up the downers for my dog. Long thunderstorms and fireworks bring her to the brink of a heart attack. Thanks subby.
 
2012-06-27 09:02:10 AM
A 4th of July party without beer and pot? What do you do, just sit around and read the Koran?
 
2012-06-27 09:02:32 AM
"Desensitize anxious dogs by introducing music or similar sounds. "

I recommend the 1812 overture by Tchaikovsky. Lots of cannon fire at the end. Also Double Nickles on the Dime by the Minutemen. Not that it has any fireworks to desensitize your dog, it's just a kick-ass album he will love.
 
2012-06-27 09:02:35 AM
My funniest 4th story was like twenty years ago in Anchorage where we were out in the yard throwing fire crackers and lighting off little flying things. From somewhere came a friendly pit bull who loved fireworks as well - loved to chomp on the lit ones, and wanted to swallow the spinning butterflies. We had to throw stuff at it to send it home before it went home without a jaw. Good fun for about an hour, though.
 
2012-06-27 09:05:03 AM
My dog and thunderstorms? No problem.

Fireworks and hot air balloons? She freaks the fark out.
 
2012-06-27 09:05:17 AM
Dogs metabolise benedryl better than humans, about twice as well iirc.

The vet said to give my 6 lb dog 2mL children's benedryl twice a day for allergies. That doesntthe make himit lethargic at all so I'm going to give him 3-4 mL at night on the fourth to help him sleep.
 
2012-06-27 09:07:04 AM
My wife had one dog who would freak out in the car every time they went under a bridge.

The other dog hates fireworks. But he's deaf now.
 
2012-06-27 09:10:12 AM

snowybunting: Also Double Nickles on the Dime by the Minutemen. Not that it has any fireworks to desensitize your dog, it's just a kick-ass album he will love.


CSB: I saw them almost exactly one month before D Boone died. They were opening for REM at what I believe was the last show of the Fables of the Reconstruction tour. Great show.
 
2012-06-27 09:27:13 AM

I_Can't_Believe_it's_not_Boutros: CSB: I saw them almost exactly one month before D Boone died. They were opening for REM at what I believe was the last show of the Fables of the Reconstruction tour. Great show.


One of the few Fark CSB's that really is a CSB. That had to be an amazing show.
 
2012-06-27 09:28:13 AM
My Sheltie doesn't show fear. He just barks and huffs at everything he finds objectionable. My wife says that he struts around like he has a Napolean complex.
 
2012-06-27 09:30:23 AM
www.photo-dictionary.com
"Shut the fark up. *thwack*"

Problem solved.

/My dog hates thunder/fireworks/garbage trucks dumping things in an empty bed. Freaks right the fark out.
 
2012-06-27 09:31:58 AM
My dog is afraid of the vacuum but tries to bite the lawnmower and weedeater. She also barks at cows. There are a lot of cows on the drive from Columbus, OH to Kansas City.

/leaving Saturday morning
//stocking up on Benadryl tonight
 
2012-06-27 09:33:24 AM

MythDragon: [www.photo-dictionary.com image 640x480]
"Shut the fark up. *thwack*"

Problem solved.

/My dog hates thunder/fireworks/garbage trucks dumping things in an empty bed. Freaks right the fark out.


Our dog has gotten worse over the years. Never bothered her when she was younger but now (age 10), we are waiting for her to have a heart attack at some point. Really pathetic to see. T-storms and fireworks are what pushes her over the edge.
 
2012-06-27 09:36:22 AM
I can look forward to my 200 poound mastiff sleeping in my room that night.

...he's also scared of mailboxes...
 
2012-06-27 09:40:10 AM

Mrs.Sharpier: who farking cares, it's a dog


Thank god we got the standard herp a dee derp out of the way in the boobies...
 
2012-06-27 09:40:16 AM
Go to the vet and ask for valium for your dog - it's really helps
 
2012-06-27 09:41:49 AM
www.coupondad.net

When I flew home from Korea with my dog, the vet prescribed 2 pills prior to the flight. 16 hours later he was still groggy.
 
2012-06-27 09:47:14 AM

Mrs.Sharpier: How can I help my anxious dog handle Fourth of July festivities?

who farking cares, it's a dog


People trying to sleep while it barks.
 
2012-06-27 09:47:47 AM

PictsieGirl: My dog and thunderstorms? No problem.

Fireworks and hot air balloons? She freaks the fark out.


Well no shiat idiot! You DON'T set off fireworks in a hot air balloon! Do you know how incrediably dangerous that is?!?!?!?!?!? I wouldn't light fireworks off when in a hot air balloon, not mention have my dog with me! Honeslty are you stoned?


Wow Some people are so farking stupid!



/huh, what?
 
2012-06-27 09:53:59 AM

Balder333: Go to the vet and ask for valium for your dog - it's really helps


Mine prescribes Acepromazine, 25mg tabs. I give her 1/2 of one ahead of time if I know a storm is coming. Doesn't knock her out, but it makes her not fight it so much.
 
2012-06-27 10:03:39 AM

bim1154: Reminds me, have to run to the vet today and pick up the downers for my dog. Long thunderstorms and fireworks bring her to the brink of a heart attack. Thanks subby.


One of my chows was that way.... ended up actually killing him with a heart attack one year when there were thunderstorms on the 4th of July...

/miss ya Bear
 
2012-06-27 10:04:16 AM
You might be surprised at how much benadryl you can give a dog. Look it up before you dose your little floor-shiatting bastard, but I think it's 1 mg / lb of body weight.

I have used melatonin too, but not really clear on the dosage. I have also used melatonin and benadryl at the same time, that really puts the little farkers on their asses.

I have a German shepherd who was afraid of the bug zapper in the back yard. I would kick her biatch ass out into the back yard right before dark to try to desensitize her, but she just got worse. I had to replace the zapper with a silent one, but 2 months later she still resists going into the back yard, even during the day.

I can't keep her drugged 24/7, so I'm hoping she just gets over it.
 
2012-06-27 10:07:21 AM

snowybunting: "Desensitize anxious dogs by introducing music or similar sounds. "

I recommend the 1812 overture by Tchaikovsky. Lots of cannon fire at the end. Also Double Nickles on the Dime by the Minutemen. Not that it has any fireworks to desensitize your dog, it's just a kick-ass album he will love.


Seriously, many classical pieces are about as effective for calming dogs which is not much. The dynamics found in classical are much more extreme than most any other style of music. My "chickendog" found it unnerving more often than not and I had to cut way back on it while he was alive. It seems anti-intuitive, but apparently the consistent volume of even metal soothed him more than classical, and it masked out fireworks noises better.

Benedryl often does NOT calm dogs like it does for humans. Do NOT count on it to calm a frightened dog unless you already know it will work on your dog. If you don't want to get something from the vet, you'll have better luck with petstore preparations for calming pets or an herbal like Valerian and Skullcap.

I always kept Acepromazine from the vet on hand for Chickendog (aka Wheelie Boy in my profile). He got it for the 4th, New Years, and earthquakes (he had been only a couple miles from Northridge epicenter and was permanently traumatized by it). Only problem with was when the cheese ball/drug handoff went awry and Beaglish Girl grabbed it. His dose was twice what she would have taken, and while it wasn't dangerous enough to run her into the ER, she was one buzzed pupper that year!
 
2012-06-27 10:13:05 AM

2 grams: PictsieGirl: My dog and thunderstorms? No problem.

Fireworks and hot air balloons? She freaks the fark out.

Well no shiat idiot! You DON'T set off fireworks in a hot air balloon! Do you know how incrediably dangerous that is?!?!?!?!?!? I wouldn't light fireworks off when in a hot air balloon, not mention have my dog with me! Honeslty are you stoned?


Um, yes?
I thought I was being efficient! That handy dandy big ol' flame.... perfect to light sparklers and fuses.
 
2012-06-27 10:18:58 AM

kibblesnbits:
I always kept Acepromazine from the vet on hand for Chickendog (aka Wheelie Boy in my profile). He got it for the 4th, New Years, and earthquakes (he had been only a couple miles from Northridge epicenter and was permanently traumatized by it). Only problem with was when the cheese ball/drug handoff went awry and Beaglish Girl grabbed it. His dose was twice what she would have taken, and while it wasn't dangerous enough to run her into the ER, she was one buzzed pupper that year!



While I don't drug my dog, I've found that a beers and maybe a vicodin or two is the perfect blend where I giggle at her trying to get her 80lb frame under the couch during firework season.
 
2012-06-27 10:19:31 AM

bim1154: MythDragon: [www.photo-dictionary.com image 640x480]
"Shut the fark up. *thwack*"

Problem solved.

/My dog hates thunder/fireworks/garbage trucks dumping things in an empty bed. Freaks right the fark out.

Our dog has gotten worse over the years. Never bothered her when she was younger but now (age 10), we are waiting for her to have a heart attack at some point. Really pathetic to see. T-storms and fireworks are what pushes her over the edge.


My Beaglish Girl started getting sensitive to them at about that age too. As a pup, my husband and I had set out to train her to accept fireworks because there's so many around here, including three pro shows within earshot. We started with cap guns and popping balloons. POP, goodie for a couple months beforehand. Then on the 4th, BOOM goodie. So from her first July 4th, she was fine for many years.

However as she aged, her hearing changed and it's like she no longer recognized the noises, so then she worried about them for several years, but not enough to need tranqs. Now she's 16, almost completely deaf and they don't bother her at all.
 
2012-06-27 10:21:27 AM

snowybunting: kibblesnbits:
I always kept Acepromazine from the vet on hand for Chickendog (aka Wheelie Boy in my profile). He got it for the 4th, New Years, and earthquakes (he had been only a couple miles from Northridge epicenter and was permanently traumatized by it). Only problem with was when the cheese ball/drug handoff went awry and Beaglish Girl grabbed it. His dose was twice what she would have taken, and while it wasn't dangerous enough to run her into the ER, she was one buzzed pupper that year!


While I don't drug my dog, I've found that a beers and maybe a vicodin or two is the perfect blend where I giggle at her trying to get her 80lb frame under the couch during firework season.


Better than getting under the coffee table which tips the beer over! My husband's dog used to do that one.
 
2012-06-27 10:25:17 AM

CJHardin: When I flew home from Korea with my dog, the vet prescribed 2 pills prior to the flight. 16 hours later he was still groggy.


We give that to our dog for itchiness when she has allergies, but it hasn't made her sleepy for years. When we first started it did, but now she doesn't even seem to get groggy.

Come to think of it, it doesn't make me sleepy anymore either....
 
2012-06-27 10:35:34 AM
I put my dog in a room with the radio on loud and give her a few of the calm-eze pills. She usually sleeps well.
 
2012-06-27 10:37:33 AM

Splinshints: CJHardin: When I flew home from Korea with my dog, the vet prescribed 2 pills prior to the flight. 16 hours later he was still groggy.

We give that to our dog for itchiness when she has allergies, but it hasn't made her sleepy for years. When we first started it did, but now she doesn't even seem to get groggy.

Come to think of it, it doesn't make me sleepy anymore either....


Splinshints: CJHardin: When I flew home from Korea with my dog, the vet prescribed 2 pills prior to the flight. 16 hours later he was still groggy.

We give that to our dog for itchiness when she has allergies, but it hasn't made her sleepy for years. When we first started it did, but now she doesn't even seem to get groggy.

Come to think of it, it doesn't make me sleepy anymore either....


It might help that my dog is carry on size.

sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net
 
2012-06-27 10:46:52 AM

i.r.id10t: bim1154: Reminds me, have to run to the vet today and pick up the downers for my dog. Long thunderstorms and fireworks bring her to the brink of a heart attack. Thanks subby.

One of my chows was that way.... ended up actually killing him with a heart attack one year when there were thunderstorms on the 4th of July...

/miss ya Bear


Our dog will not get on the furniture for anything.... that is until one of these things occur, then she tries to get in bed with us, pants endlessly and shakes to the point that if she is up against the side of the bed, the entire bed shakes. I would rather not drug her, but really don't have a choice.
 
2012-06-27 10:54:06 AM
i3.kym-cdn.com

/pic cracks my shiat up
 
2012-06-27 11:02:36 AM

Splinshints: Mrs.Sharpier: who farking cares, it's a dog

Thank god we got the standard herp a dee derp out of the way in the boobies...


It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it
 
2012-06-27 11:29:29 AM
farm6.staticflickr.com
loves the 4th
 
2012-06-27 11:32:26 AM

eastiowa: [farm6.staticflickr.com image 500x334]
loves the 4th


Love those legs on the right.
 
2012-06-27 11:37:40 AM
When my pooch was younger we took her to a dog park which was near a relatively new shopping center. One night apparently was the grand opening of the center so they set off fireworks. My dog took off and ran like hell around the perimeter of the fenced-in area like a bolt of lightning. She's never liked fireworks since. It's about the only thing she's afraid of.

/Basenji
//Damn those dogs can peel out...that's all I was thinking while it was happening. :)
 
2012-06-27 11:38:44 AM

bim1154: eastiowa: [farm6.staticflickr.com image 500x334]
loves the 4th

Love those legs on the right.


I know right!? They keep that magazine rack sturdy and at the proper height. NICE!
 
2012-06-27 11:54:09 AM
Thunder doesn't bother my dogs, but they hate fireworks. We'll be camping this year and when the fireworks start, we'll put them in the RV with the AC on and music playing. I'll have to bring some classical CDs.

This was New Years Eve 2011. 2 of our 4 dogs decided they needed to be under my desk when they heard fireworks. I know it looks like he's trying to get busy with the other dog, but he is only 5 months old - a baby dog - in this picture. He's just scared. He's 165 lbs now and wouldn't fit under the desk if he tried.

farm6.staticflickr.com
 
2012-06-27 12:03:27 PM
shoot fireworks at the dog?
 
2012-06-27 02:55:50 PM
Years ago our otherwise intelligent boston/chihuahua mix ran off & was captured running down the highway on July 4. Fireworks freaked her out bad and she would spend a week before and after the holiday curled up trembling under the covers. We now have a 9yo border collie mix who has developed a weird anxiety disorder and will sometimes stay up all night hyperventilating for no discernible reason. Fireworks can set him off, but not always. His vet keeps us stocked with big cheap bottles of these:

i.imgur.com
 
2012-06-27 04:13:30 PM
Go to your local pet store and buy a Thundershirt-wrap it around your dog during storms and fireworks
 
2012-06-27 04:14:37 PM

trailerpimp: Go to your local pet store and buy a Thundershirt-wrap it around your dog during storms and fireworks


We tried that... didn't work for our dog. It does for a friend of ours though.
 
2012-06-28 02:15:55 AM
I'm not so much concerned about my pet being scared by fireworks (as he doesn't appear to be, although I keep him inside anyway), but that there are always evil little retards out there who think it's funny to stick crackers in animals' orifices or tie them to them to injure or torture them. That is my big fear.
 
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