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Old 12-31-2012, 11:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How do your fluffs do with fire works? As Sophie was born a month after 4th of July, we've never dealt with them before. Fireworks are a big deal in the small area I live with, so whenever possible fireworks go off. So far she's only jumped at the one or two that go off, but it's not midnight yet. What should I expect?


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Old 12-31-2012, 11:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Jasmine runs away!! She is really afraid of them.
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Old 01-01-2013, 12:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Lucy is TERRIFIED. she starts trembling like mad at the first hint of a boom or a bang. At only 8:30 pm we heard some bangs and she started shaking. Tonight I'm trying melatonin for the first time after talking to my vet today. He didn't know if it would help but said I could try it and it wouldn't hurt. She has calmed down completely BUT the fireworks have stopped for now too. Will have to see how it works. Poor Lucy. I didn't think a dog could be more afraid of fireworks than my previous dog was. But Lucy certainly proved me wrong on that one.
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Lucky is not bothered at all by them or by thunder. My dogs at the bridge went nuts, running up the stairs, howling, crying. My theory has been that they take their cues from humans, and if you completely ignore the fireworks, they wiill too. The first fireworks, I just went up to bed with him and he fell asleep. It is so funny, that thunder and firworks, he ignores, but the neighbor next door comes in at strange hours and has a tendency to slam his car door. That drves Lucky crazy.

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We had a LONG, MASSIVE display of fireworks last night & my two hardly noticed---when Lisi SAW them she barked, but she saw very few due to my careful attention! Today we have had sporadic noises, but they are taking NO notice! This is a true blessing! I took Kitzi last year to the biggest display in Vienna but he was doped up on drugs after his surgery---so took NO notice---maybe that was the key!
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:10 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Gustave ignored it. I gave him a really stinky bully stick and he was happy and engrossed in that.


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[QUOTE=eiksaa;2100102]Gustave ignored it. I gave him a really stinky bully stick and he was happy and engrossed in that.

Learning from you, I had a bully stick ready (I'm getting over the smell) but Dom gave up and felt asleep before the fireworks and didn't wake up when it started. But it wasn't so loud from our house.


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Gustave ignored it. I gave him a really stinky bully stick and he was happy and engrossed in that.

Learning from you, I had a bully stick ready (I'm getting over the smell) but Dom gave up and felt asleep before the fireworks and didn't wake up when it started. But it wasn't so loud from our house.


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That's so cute! Love it when fluffs just can't keep their eyes open.


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Giovanni thinks there is a problem he needs to take care of... growls a little, may go to look out the door, but not afraid. He responds to mommy's calls to come snuggle!
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Fortunately last night those early booms and bangs were really all we heard from our house. There must not have been any really nearby local fireworks. I gave Lucy 1/4 of a 5 mg melatonin at about 8:30 p.m. We went to bed early (of course), and I woke up to hear her whining a little, looked at the clock and it was 12:03. I couldn't even HEAR the fireworks, they were so far away, but she whimpered for about a minute and a half. She definitely heard them. Doesn't matter HOW far away the booms are, she takes note. Fortunately, though, she settled quickly since they were far away. Going to try the melatonin again on July 4th. That is always a HORRIBLE day for Lucy...
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