Fighting BCs
#61
Before I had border collies I had one GSD that would get frantic and hyper if stressed (I would give him a tranquilizer if I had to take him to the vet) and a Mini Schnauzer that was afraid of the smoke detector's low battery sound and fly swatters. Those things were pretty easy to control/manage. It is so frustrating trying to figure out what works and our dogs can't tell us how they feel.

Only-borders, I have ordered a Thundershirt for Tasha. What did you do with Obi to help him through his fear of thunderstorms? Thank you for the instructions on how you use the flower essence. Do you know if it is safe long term? Our thunderstorm season is from June to October.
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#62
My red BC has some of the same issues and I know someone else that has the same issues with their red. Hmmm. Makes me wonder.

I'm glad the behaviorist gave you some things to work on and seems to have a good read on your dogs.
Gotta love 'em.
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#63
I have had great success with thundershirts
Ah the red thing. I would agree. I like the reds, had a red tri Aussie. My Aussie breeder friend would agree the reds are "different" lol
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#64
(05-28-2017, 06:05 PM)Tasha Wrote: Before I had border collies I had one GSD that would get frantic and hyper if stressed (I would give him a tranquilizer if I had to take him to the vet) and a Mini Schnauzer that was afraid of the smoke detector's low battery sound and fly swatters.  Those things were pretty easy to control/manage.  It is so frustrating trying to figure out what works and our dogs can't tell us how they feel.

Only-borders, I have ordered a Thundershirt for Tasha.  What did you do with Obi to help him through his fear of thunderstorms?    Thank you for the instructions on how you use the flower essence.  Do you know if it is safe long term?  Our thunderstorm season is from June to October.

What I did with Obi was to put on the shirt, tight but not so they can't breath, give him a Benedryl and attach a lead. Obi liked to flee the noise and could cause damage to things and I was afraid he would hurt himself. 
With the lead he couldn't flee and I was able to start working with him.

I walked him calmly into a room and closed the door. I sat in a chair and him and talked to him in a soft calm voice until he could lay down. I also had the blinds closed so he couldn't see the lightening flashes as much. If that room didn't work we went to another until we found a place that worked for him. 

I continued talking softly but never touching him or telling him he was OK. Once I could see he was settling down a little due to the Benedryl then we would walk through the house. The Benedryl is what helped me get through to him by taking more of the edge off his anxiety. 

Now that he was able to "hear" me I started to have him run through commands. He wouldn't take treats but so a good boy had to due. 
We continued doing this each storm that we were home and he responded very well. He was able to go without the lead and could just sit by me. Then I worked up to taking off the shirt and only using the lead, still with a Benedryl. Then the big jump was no Benedryl or lead. That's  when we worked on him deferring to me when he heard thunder. That's where we are now. If he hears anything disturbing, other than gun shots, he comes to me rather than flee. 

He is still anxious and breaths a little heavy but he can deal with it. Much improvement and I'll take it. It really didn't take that long although the process sounds like it did. Some of the things I did in the same day due to multiple storms in one day. 

The flower essence I added to their drinking water each morning. I put 4 to 6 drops in their water bowl each morning. Start about a week before things start going. During the summer I add the drops each day. I have never given the drops by mouth. 

I hope you can find something that works for you. Keep us posted.
Linda

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#65
Thank you for taking the time to write that out. I have begun to dread thunderstorms, I don't like seeing my dog a stressed-out panting mess.
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#66
I only hope you can find something that works for you. I can only imagine how they feel to be so afraid of the sounds/noises. 

Please let us know if you have a break through. Good luck.
Linda

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