DunesMom Posted May 30, 2016 Share Posted May 30, 2016 Dasher has suddenly become terrified of fireworks, which he's heard and ignored every Friday and Saturday (and weeklong during holidays plus the entire month of December) since we fostered him in September. We live next to a theme park that used to have fireworks 282 days a year. Now they're down to 80+, mostly weekends and holiday weeks, plus all of July/August. I've been through CC&D many times with other dogs, and even sweet Kipper only needed 3-4 weeks of work before the then-nightly fireworks didn't faze him at all. (He never, ever conditioned to thunderstorms or rain, and eventually needed Xanax to get through those because it only got worse instead of better over time.) My real question is, is this normal, to have a confident dog who has slept through fireworks every weekend for months to suddenly become terrified of them? He also was jumpy the past two days about other sudden bangs like car doors in the alley, starting after the first fireworks freakout. It seems very odd to me. Wondering if I should look for other behavior changes and/or start back at square one of travel-socializing training (farmer's markets, eating outside at restaurants, walking on busy streets instead of our neighborhood, etc.). He's a confident, laid-back dog who has slept on his back through thunderstorms in strange places (we travel with him a lot), and never reacted to sudden loud noises beyond looking in the noise direction, ears up, and then immediately going to check out the source of the sound. He's traveled with us many times and been bombproof in hotels, storms, strange parks, houses, etc (except with cats...but that's another story). After Saturday night's debacle, I dosed him with Kipper's Xanax an hour before last night's fireworks, and he STILL freaked out, though he calmed enough to actually eat the beef jerky within a few minutes of the fireworks ending. That's a pretty strong reaction, IMO -- Xanax was a miracle worker on Kip. Tonight I guess I'll use the Xanax again, along with treats and happy talk, because at least he calmed down soon after. Saturday, he was a panting mess for hours afterward. Thanks for any advice! Quote Dash (Mega Batboy), & forever missing Kipper (RD's Kiper, 2006-2015) & Souldog Dune (Pazzo Otis, 1994-2008)"..cherish him and give him place with yourself for the rest of his but too short life. It is his one drawback. He should live as long as his owner."James Matheson, The Greyhound: Breeding, Coursing, Racing, etc., 1929 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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