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OK, I live about three blocks away from where my city has their fireworks display. Needless to say, my area gets CROWDED with all kinds of walks of life. I decided to take the Harley for a spin and I could not believe the amount of dogs I saw being walked to the event. I could literally see the fear in there eyes just from the amount of people and local fireworks being shot off. I can't imagine what type of hell they will be in when the big boys get going. I'm sorry if I offend anyone..... no I'm not actually. Taking dogs to events like this is flat out cruel and senseless. The stress that they're under must be unreal. It's asking for trouble. Three or four that I saw in my short ride were pit bulls! WTF people, time to put yourself in your dogs place and be responsible. It's too bad that dogs can't pick their owners. RANT OVER Thank you:)
 

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I feel bad for the dogs that can not take it and their owners should realize that this tye of entertainment is for humans not dogs but on behalf of myself i use to take my dog Montag to all of these events. He enjoyed going he usually fell asleep before it was over. Mikado went too. he was a very calm dog and didn't have any trouble at all with the noise.
 

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It wouldnt be so bad if people would desensitize their dogs. After all hunting dogs would not be afraid of it............
On another note, My weim is a psycho about thunderstorms. I've tried everything from loud music to ignoring him and nothing works. Anyone have any ideas?
 

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I was worried about Sasha, I am away so i told my mom to leave her inside. She said she didn't mind the noise at all so they went to the back yard and she was fine didn't seem different at all. How weird is that?

We are like 40 min from the city though..
 

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Here is a link to a talk about it on here. Very interesting, watching the infomercial about it, looks like it totally works wonders!! lol

http://www.gopitbull.com/general-discussion/17244-thunder-jacket.html

On another note, I am in the same deal, took Gargamel out for a walk last night when I got out of work and my neighborhood decided to let some off right when we rounded the corner. I thought I was safe since it was only 8:45 and still lightish out, but nope, people just let them fly! Poor Mel, hightailed it back to the house triple time, forgot all about going the bathroom and didn't listen to any of his walking training we have been working on! lol I forgave him though, poor boy held it til 1am and could not wait any longer. went outside and went faster than I have ever seen him go and back to the house. Whoever says dogs have short memories have not seen mine get spooked! lol
 

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You know we don't go anywhere anymore on New Year's or 4th of July, due to Penny now, but mostly because of the dogs. Now we jsut stay home, with Penny's seizures we don't go anywhere. I am totally ok with that as we like staying home :D Chris I totally agree with you, people shouldn't take their pets to events like this, hunting dogs are different, they are bred to be brought up around things like this.

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I took Raisin and Miko to the fireworks and they had a good time. I saw many dogs there and they all seemed fine. I guess it just depends on the dog. My guys spent a lot of time playing with a shorkie, and then Raisin decided it was bed time and was snoring super loud lol. We left when Miko was hopping around with the shorkie and some drunk idiot started announcing that the way she was jumping meant she wanted to bite someone, told his kids to stay back, and that she was going to be a 150 lb killer when she's grown. He started making fun of a muslim family there as well, and his stupid cohorts were agreeing. The worst part is that this ignorant s.o.b. was raising kids! We came home and set off our own fireworks, and Thrall got to lie in his deck chair and watch since he had to stay home because he can't walk far.
 

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You know we don't go anywhere anymore on New Year's or 4th of July, due to Penny now, but mostly because of the dogs. Now we jsut stay home, with Penny's seizures we don't go anywhere. I am totally ok with that as we like staying home :D Chris I totally agree with you, people shouldn't take their pets to events like this, hunting dogs are different, they are bred to be brought up around things like this.

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Well, Tye, I really would have thought that more people would feel the way I do, but to each his own as they say:) I guess I think crowds, dogs, food, kids, and REALLY LOUD fireworks can be a bad recipe, but obviously it works for some. I just know that the fireworks can get excessively loud and obnoxious (especially to a dog's ear) and I don't like them myself, so you know I didn't have my dogs out in it either. It was just too stressful of a situation for me, maybe I'm getting to be an old fart;)
 

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It puts the dogs under a lot of stress if they're not used to loud noises. Like was said hunting dogs wouldn't be bothered by this, so it's just a matter of desensatizing the dogs. We used to have a wired haired terrier we'd give xanax to during thunderstorms and during the 4th of July. She was a spazz...

This reminds me of earlier today when my dog was outside with me and my little cousin lit a pack of firecrackers. She didn't freak out, she just froze and kicked her head sideways all "WTF IS THAT" style...haha
 

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Well, Tye, I really would have thought that more people would feel the way I do, but to each his own as they say:) I guess I think crowds, dogs, food, kids, and REALLY LOUD fireworks can be a bad recipe, but obviously it works for some. I just know that the fireworks can get excessively loud and obnoxious (especially to a dog's ear) and I don't like them myself, so you know I didn't have my dogs out in it either. It was just too stressful of a situation for me, maybe I'm getting to be an old fart;)
You know, I didn't even ask you if it was ok if I called you Christian?? :p And I too would think more people wouldn't want to take their pets to things like this, I have to Phoenix a xanax and put him in the bathroom and lock him in so he sleeps, or he will sit and bark to be let out, he wants to chase the fireworks. And I don't think it is a good combo, but hey again is just me, lol. I plug my ears as well, when the loud ones go off. I understand :D

It puts the dogs under a lot of stress if they're not used to loud noises. Like was said hunting dogs wouldn't be bothered by this, so it's just a matter of desensatizing the dogs. We used to have a wired haired terrier we'd give xanax to during thunderstorms and during the 4th of July. She was a spazz...

This reminds me of earlier today when my dog was outside with me and my little cousin lit a pack of firecrackers. She didn't freak out, she just froze and kicked her head sideways all "WTF IS THAT" style...haha
lmaooo this is what Penny and Orion do to the ones that make that loud screeching noise :p Orion usually gets a xanax as well, Penny I just have to sit with and keep her calm, it usually doesn't bother her, she can't see the bright flashing lights though.
 

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You know, I didn't even ask you if it was ok if I called you Christian?? :p And I too would think more people wouldn't want to take their pets to things like this, I have to Phoenix a xanax and put him in the bathroom and lock him in so he sleeps, or he will sit and bark to be let out, he wants to chase the fireworks. And I don't think it is a good combo, but hey again is just me, lol. I plug my ears as well, when the loud ones go off. I understand :D

lmaooo this is what Penny and Orion do to the ones that make that loud screeching noise :p Orion usually gets a xanax as well, Penny I just have to sit with and keep her calm, it usually doesn't bother her, she can't see the bright flashing lights though.
You're darn right it's OK to call me Christian (or Chris), I've been called worse;)
 

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:p alright then Christian it is, I like it MUCH better than Chris ;) heheh can't imagine someone calling more horrible names :p
 

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:p alright then Christian it is, I like it MUCH better than Chris ;) heheh can't imagine someone calling more horrible names :p
OK, I am officially blushing, I have all of you fooled:angeldevi I used to go by the name of Unicorn, but that was back in my hay days as a male porno star;) JK, the history behind my name was that my mom asked God for a boy, after having two girls, with a deal that she would try to get me into the priesthood! She was watching a show that same night with Hans Christian Anderson in it, and the rest is elementary:) Yes, it was 1969ish:cool:
 

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You can desensitize ANY animal. Dogs are predators, horses are prey animals, and if you think it's not hard to desensitize a prey animal, think again! They are not born nor bred with any sort of "use to guns, fireworks, ect" but there are police horses, horses used for hunting and various others chores. Just as dogs are used in police work with all sorts of stimuli around them. It's all in introducing them to various things.
 

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OK, I am officially blushing, I have all of you fooled:angeldevi I used to go by the name of Unicorn, but that was back in my hay days as a male porno star;) JK, the history behind my name was that my mom asked God for a boy, after having two girls, with a deal that she would try to get me into the priesthood! She was watching a show that same night with Hans Christian Anderson in it, and the rest is elementary:) Yes, it was 1969ish:cool:
:p you are too funny, hahah I love Unicorns, that is sooo what I'm calling you :p So did you make your mom's deal with god come true, did you join the priesthood?? How cool is that. 1969 was a good year my friend. ;)

You can desensitize ANY animal. Dogs are predators, horses are prey animals, and if you think it's not hard to desensitize a prey animal, think again! They are not born nor bred with any sort of "use to guns, fireworks, ect" but there are police horses, horses used for hunting and various others chores. Just as dogs are used in police work with all sorts of stimuli around them. It's all in introducing them to various things.
Of course you can desenstize any animal to this noise, but when they are not hunting animals or used around gunshots ro anything, you shouldn't have to, be responsible, watch your dogs body language, not everyone wants their dogs to see stuff like that or be desenstitized to it :D
 

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Loki really did okay with them...we were at my dads gf's place up north not a lot of people but veryy close to the fireworks they were so loud. But I was surprised Loki didn't even seem to notice them until the finale thenn he was freaking out. Most of the time he was just digging in the sand like a madman but he seemed like he was doing it for fun not stress because his ears were up & his tail was wagging the whole time.
 

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:p you are too funny, hahah I love Unicorns, that is sooo what I'm calling you :p So did you make your mom's deal with god come true, did you join the priesthood?? How cool is that. 1969 was a good year my friend. ;)

Of course you can desenstize any animal to this noise, but when they are not hunting animals or used around gunshots ro anything, you shouldn't have to, be responsible, watch your dogs body language, not everyone wants their dogs to see stuff like that or be desenstitized to it :D
I agree, I've had a dog that was afraid of fireworks. She wasn't born that way but some teens lit a firecracker under her. They thought it was funny. I own a weim right now that is afraid of thunder and makes my life hell when storms come. He was grown, led a sheltered life, a biter, and let be the alpha. Suffice to say he was on the way to be put down when I got him. But I do want my dogs and other animals exposed to as much as possible. You never know what you may find yourself in the middle of and I'd rather have a dog that is ready and unbothered by it than one that flips out when it happens. Suppose your in the middle of a dog show and a gun goes off, or a car backfires or anything loud like that occurs. Maybe your dog gets loose in heavy traffic, maybe you have to leave him somewhere on fourth of July, you never know what situation may arise and I don't want to have to feel I have to "protect" him or drug him his entire life. If I begin as a puppy to expose him to things that I think could be possible in his life I am that much ahead of the game. Of course you watch body language that is how you desensitize an animal.
 

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Oh no I understand what you are saying, Orion and Penny both have been temperment Tested with the ATTS and passed with flying colors, the were more interested int he gun shot than anything, Penny cannot be around the fireworks due to her seizures, my dogs are used to a lot of things and gun shots, sirens things like that are a few things, I do live in a not so good area, we hear this all the time, so they are unaffected by it, I just keep them int he house, is easier. But since I grew up around hunting and things I am all about my dogs being around things like that. But you are correct about them being desenstized to it, but most people don't want to do that. Like me is easier to stay home and when there fireworks going off we just don't go anywhere, lol
 
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