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Old 06-24-2014, 10:54 AM
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Jayne it's good to hear from you! I just was talking to someone who said the only thing that helps his dogs during storms is to take them for a car ride. With music. That could be a lot of car time but I wonder if it would work?

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Old 06-24-2014, 11:14 AM
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that has been a problem with jesse also all her life .we dont have allot of storms but sonic booms . this was a larger problem with her epilepsy and can cause seizures .

i made a campaign of rewarding with food (the forbidden fruit) her most loved eatables . i put the diabetes on hold every time a boom came . she received a treat the more the anxiety the larger the reward . if i caught it to long after than she had loss all focus and no treat will help .

its been a year or two ,cant remember when i started this and her anxiety is greatly reduced to a point of a normal dog no seizures which is the best part . i guess she associates the boom as a food reward and something positive .

now with storms they are longer in duration so it maybe more challenging to keep that focus on food . probably depending on the storm might need the whole cupboard .

another thought with jesse is her cortisol levels were low but i never got her tested because she has calmed down
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Old 06-24-2014, 04:57 PM
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Oh, believe me, I've tried the treats and just about everything, except Judi's suggestion of riding in the car ...I don't even think that would help, cause we were traveling once with him and it started storming and he got all worked up.

I've come to accept he is a lost cause with this anxiety. I leash him at night and keep him in the room with me, cause as soon as it starts to storm or he senses it coming, he runs around and wants to pee on everything...I'm sure its a nervous reaction, and not something medical, cause he is and has been housebroken for years. We don't leave him out alone anymore when we leave the house, we crate him, as he just has become untrustworthy when we aren't here. This all started pre-the diabetes...so I feel its a combo of his age and his disease that has brought about this crazy behavior. I have to say, it is very trying and frustrating to deal with. Someone from here kindly sent me a Thunder jacket, and it helps a tad, but I've never seen anything like his ability to override any sort of medication or attempts to calm him.
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Old 06-24-2014, 04:59 PM
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now with storms they are longer in duration so it maybe more challenging to keep that focus on food . probably depending on the storm might need the whole cupboard
I think you are right, we would be feeding him non-stop!
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