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Jan   Trabuco Canyon, CA

3/25/2011 2:41:44 PM

Our puppy is now 16 wks old and is overly frightened of so many noises. We got her at 7.5 wks and she came from a breeder who had 6 adult dogs (kept in cages) and 10 littermates, so how she became afraid of noise is a mystery to us! She has been extremely hard to housetrain because of hearing other dogs in the neighborhood bark when she is taken into the back yard to potty. Our vet told us not to walk her due to parvo, until she had her 4th puppy shot, which we pushed up to 15th wk because we were afraid of missing the socialization window! Now she is almost impossible to walk because she stops and/or wants to run home with every car she hears. We try to distract her by getting her to run and that is the only way we've been able to get her to the local park. Once there she is fine, and gets along great with every dog she has met, but the walk down hasn't become any easier. Any other suggestions??

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cat   laval, QC

9/26/2008 6:37:29 PM

Hi I am doing a project on hearing ranges of laboratory animals. The studies I have collected on lab animals and other mammals from the journal of american association for lab animal science all seem to agree that loud sound does not bother most animals. What bothers me is that many of our pets, such as dogs seem to be bothered by certain sounds such as thunder. My dog for instance whimpers and yelps everytime the phone rings...Is this a behavioral problem or could it be that for dogs certain sounds do make them anxious..?

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Patty   Youngstown, OH

8/3/2007 8:30:09 PM

My dog is afraid of the thunder and fireworks and somehow I don't think actually PLAYING those sounds in the background will make him LESS afraid.

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Jackie   Kensington, NH

3/29/2007 5:25:38 PM

I have a dog who was not socialized at all when we got her at 4 months old. She was scared of grass. After some reading and picking peoples brains, I found that you have to make them face their fears. The article is right. At first we lolly-coddled her and said "its ok" she only got worse. We couldn't take her to the park. We had to lock her up when people would visit. That all changed when we started to make her face her fears. We did it gradually. Now.......she's the first one in the car if she thinks she is going to the park and people can't get rid of her once she makes friends with them. I was told she was a lost cause, because we missed the critical window of pupply socialization. She proved them wrong.

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Carol   Syracuse, NY

1/31/2007 7:49:30 PM

My dog is a Corgi, and we bought him in a pet store. We never got to see his parents and I was pretty sure he was a puppy mill dog. As he's gotten older (1-1/2 to 2), he now barks and growls at cars on the street, people walking. We try to tell him it's okay, but the big thing he barks at is our recliner chairs and my husband's sneezes. I've tried to mute the lever action of the chair, but the sneezes, we can't help. I think he thinks my spouse is barking, and so Gunny joins in. The article was good, and I agree that once you find out what the trigger is, alter it if you can.

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