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Old 07-24-2017, 04:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Need some major help or opinions!!

Ok I have a 2 year old pit. Have had him since he was a pup. My house has always been noisy. 2 teenage boys, surround sound TV and music. He has never been afraid of much of any thing. Now all of a sudden in the past year if there is a storm close he starts freaking out. Shaking, crawling up in someones lap, just terrified. I cant keep him in a crate or the bigger kennel cause he just destroys it to get out. I put a iron Child gate at the top of my stairs and he literally tore a bar off and bent a couple until he got through it. He has torn through 4 bed room or closet doors trying to get some where safe. This all happens if we are out and it rains or storms.

I havent put him in the back yard but I know if I did that he would just try to come through the back door if it stormed.

I am at a loss with what to do with him. I cant keep replacing doors and stuff.

Any IDEAS?
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Old 07-24-2017, 06:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Unfortunately many dogs are terrified of thunderstorms. My Ciara is but she just cowers and tries to become my third kidney. If we're not home she just cowers in a corner. There is not much you can do if you don't know a storm is coming while you're out. There are strong, better crates that you can buy that would keep your pup safer and are more or less indestructible. You can also medicate if you know ahead of time - talk to your vet first. Definitely do not leave them outside. That's how so many dogs go missing when they find a way to run away during storms and especially fireworks. Besides how would you feel if you were afraid of the dark and someone left you in a dark place and went out! Leaving your dog outside is the equivalent to that.

If you're home you can work on desensitization. Make sure you are NOT giving her/him (sorry I forgot and am on my phone and can't look lol) more attention and cuddles when she/he acts scared as that only reinforces their behavior. When the storms do hit, do something with him/her that they enjoy. Ciara was trained to do bite work (for fun since my hubs used to train corrections k9's) and she loves it so when a storm hits, we take her outside and do bite work. For her it's just a way to work out her anxiety but she's 9. For you, if your pup learns to associate fun things with those booms then it may, eventually, desensitize them so they are no longer afraid/fearful. Unfortunately since storms don't occur all the time, it's going to take a lot of time, effort, consistency and patience. That's why a lot of times desensitization training doesn't always work with storms. There is not often enough positive association training.

You can also try a thunder shirt. Some people have success with them though I've never tried them.

Good luck, thugs like this are trying for you and your pooch.

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Put in a Top Gun DVD on repeat and turn the TV up as loud as humanly possible. It's what I used to do for a dog I watched all of the time. 136 lb Malamute who would try to squeeze himself under an ottoman. If Photobucket wasn't stupid I would post a pic. It was quite comical.
You can also look into a stronger Houdini proof crate.
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I am going to look into a stronger crate. One that he hopefully cant hurt him self with. When we are home and it happens its normally not to big a deal . I tell him no a few times and he will lay down on the floor some where and chill.. Its when we are gone thats the huge issue.
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They make video cameras you can talk through, so you could try that. It worked for my boy the first couple of weeks. But he's hard headed. So it may work better for yours. I have my girl in a petmate sky kennel like this one https://www.chewy.com/petmate-sky-ke...dium/dp/101597
The locking mechanism seems to help keep her in it. She gets out of wire crates in 15 minutes.
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They make video cameras you can talk through, so you could try that. It worked for my boy the first couple of weeks. But he's hard headed. So it may work better for yours. I have my girl in a petmate sky kennel like this one https://www.chewy.com/petmate-sky-ke...dium/dp/101597
The locking mechanism seems to help keep her in it. She gets out of wire crates in 15 minutes.
I have a kennel like that as well. He bent the lock and busted out of it in less then 30 minutes.
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