SS Cressa Posted June 23, 2015 Report Share Posted June 23, 2015 I have looked through older threads and posted on fb looking for suggestions. I am hoping tomorrow to go to the vet and see what they can help me with. I live by myself and work 40 hours(two 6 hour shifts, and two 14 hours shifts). I dont have a lot of spare money. On my long days working I am able to have someone stop by to let my dogs out 2x. When i am home I dont have issue with my dog's thunder phobia. We do mat games, play ball, train. I will even kennel him sometimes. We are able to manage it. i dont know how much info to give so if i miss anything feel free to ask. I am trying to figure out how other people with thunder phobia dogs handle storms when THEY ARE AT WORK. Val started getting a thunder phobia last year. We had a really bad thunder storm and ever since he hasnt appreciated them. It didnt help his sister has noise phobia and he looks to her for "guidance". As time has progress he has gotten worst. When i am home he can relax and will even sleep. It is when i am NOT able to be home we run into issues. He had broken out of his Vari kennel and his wire kennel (he bent the wire and pop the top off in his metal kennel!). The last 2x i havent been home and a thunder storm came through he has jumped from my window and took off running. This last week i got him a thundershirt and 2 different type of calming aids and have been giving them 3x daily. While the aids help with fireworks, they do NOTHING for thunder storms. I keep reading about behavior modification but that seems to only work when i am home!?! Trying to figure out what i am missing and how others people deal with it. one of my concerns with drugs is they only last a couple hours or they take awhile to build up in their system. How do other people deal with their thunder phobia dog, workings, and living alone? ETA: He does NOT have separation anxiety. He does NOT like fireworks. He had a bad experience with a firework as a pup and hasnt trusted them since. Also his sister HATES firework which just reinforced his belief on how bad fireworks are. When i play thunder noises from my phone he looks at my phone and doesn't react. Same when i play thunder sounds on my laptop, or tv. I normally have the radio playing and a/c running as back ground noise. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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