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    Fireworks and thunderstorm fear

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    Finn has a thunder shirt, it makes absolutely no difference whatsoever. He's really really afraid of storms and fireworks, he climbs on the closest body and breathes heavy until it's over. He's gonna suffocate me. How tf do I calm him? We get thunderstorms like every afternoon here, and July 4 is coming up and we can see fireworks from our porch so I'm sure that's gonna be really fun for him.

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    Crate. Sit in there with him.
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    Is he distracted by a long chew like a bully stick or puzzle toy? Does he have a crate/cave/den/safe place?
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    Is he distracted by a long chew like a bully stick or puzzle toy? Does he have a crate/cave/den/safe place?
    No crate anymore, but when he used to have one he really hated being in there when he was scared. He liked his crate normally but when he was panicking he needs to be near somebody. I don't honestly think anything will be able to distract him but I'll go get him something before Saturday and give it a try.
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    No crate anymore, but when he used to have one he really hated being in there when he was scared. He liked his crate normally but when he was panicking he needs to be near somebody. I don't honestly think anything will be able to distract him but I'll go get him something before Saturday and give it a try.
    It sucks when they are frightened. IDK. we had a monsoon the other day and I was sitting at my dining room table and kicked my foot back to find little dogs face She normally likes alone time in any of the three bedrooms, but she was under my chair on tile floor, where she would never be. Nothing really helps her (and she isn't like .............visibly panicked, just not comfy in her normal spots) so I just try to make myself available to have her near me (without coddling). If you're not home though I'm not really sure. Our other fucker just wants to go outside and sit in the storm, while giant dust clouds coat the house and get in his eyeballs. He loves that shit.
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    Same here but I just snuggle him and let him be a sad little thing haha. I do close both of us in my room and turn on the fan and close the closet doors though, so he basically has to stay on the bed and can't hurt himself by trying to shove his body into the tiniest most hidden corner in the house like he does otherwise. Also I think it's really important in that situation to just be reallllly calm yourself, so I breathe really slow with him and try to get my heart rate down.
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    Get meds from your vet. I did that for years until I got a thunder shirt for Cujo and it made ALL the difference. Before thundershirt it was doggy xanex though. You should be able to call your vet and get a prescription without an office visit.
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    Crank the ac and put some music on for him. It relaxes my pup and blocks the sound a little.
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    My dog has decided the best spot during thunderstorms is in the closet in the dark, preferably near the clothes that smell most like DH. Her liver function isn't great due to her age so she can't have the anti-anxiety medicine prescribed by the vet but we have found she loves lavender incense. They sell stuff at Petsmart and the like that are natural anti-anxiety remedies like lavender, chamomile, etc built into a collar or a spray. They are pricey so we just stick to the incense for now and let her use the closet as her 'safe spot'. Also, they say the key is to start the anti-anxiety stuff before the storm hits to get ahead of the stress.
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    https://positively.com/contributors/...ing-fireworks/

    This was just posted on a Golden Retriever facebook page I follow. Maybe one of those methods will help?
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