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Posted by: Dixie | 2008/12/10

BANG VIR SWAAR WEER

Hello daar,

Ek het 6 honde, 2 van hulle is vreeslik bang vir swaar weer en krekkers, maar gelukkig le hulle en bewe en gaan kruip weg as ons nie by die huis is nie. So 2 aande terug, was daar ' n baie groot storm, ons 1 boom is tot deur die weerlig raak geslaan. My ma was nie toe by die huis nie. My 1 hondjie, wat nooit bang was vir die weer nie, sy' s ' n kruis tussen ' n Foxy en ' n Jack R is nou ewe skielik vreeslik bang na die boom insident. Sy' s so bang dat haar ogies omdop van vrees en sy' s skoon van balans af soos sy bewe.

Wat kan ons doen om haar te help, ons is nie altyd daar wanneeer ' n storm broei nie, so wat kan ons doen om hulle te help. Ek is bekommerd oor haar omdat sy so vreeslik erg reageer op die vrees....?

Ook, vir interresantheid, hoekom is van die honde bang en die ander glad nie bang nie?

Baie dankie...

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Hallo Dixie

Jy kan 'n DAP diffuser by die veearts gaan koop wat baie sal help met die angs as daar swaar weer is. Daar is ook kalmeerpille, Alprazolam of Valium wat jy by die veearts kan kry en dit gee as die weer begin swaar word. Onmoontlik om te se hoekom sekere honde bang is en ander nie.

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Posted by: Chill | 2008/12/10

Interesting - I' ve noticed that my little ancient dog also isn' t as terrified of thunder/fireworks as before. He' s a rescue, so came pre-programmed with this fear - the first of my dogs EVER to have this problem.

I don' t know now whether he' s calmed down because nobody else reacts, and the penny has finally dropped, or because he' s maybe gotten a bit hard of hearing....

Either way, i' m grateful, because he really was very frightened - if I had enough warning, I used to give him valerian to soothe him, but that' s not always practical.

WR is spot on with the inadvertent encouragement we often give for this kind of behaviour.

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Posted by: Carol | 2008/12/10

My two boxers have always been scared of storms.

The other night it had been terribly hot and hubs and I were sitting outside watching a storm come up... the dogs of course were with us ...

As the storm got closer we noticed the dogs were fairly calm and we stayed put ... so did the dogs and they sat with us failry calmly through the storm.

Now this was interesting ...since then they hardly quiver at the site of a storm ???? so what gives???? have they realised that it isnt so bad ???

When my kids were little I used to take them outside to " see"  storms and as adults they now all enjoy a strorm.

Is it possible by simply sitting outside with the dogs and chatting calmly their fears have dissipated ??? we were laughing at the cats that were playing and generally just enjoying the evening.

Chill .. any ideas on this one?

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Posted by: WR | 2008/12/10

Net vinnig - hulle leer ook maklik sulke dinge aan. As jy sien een is bang vir iets - moenie die optrede versterk deur te sê  ag toe maar ens nie. Ignoreer dit (die bewerasies ens) asof niks gebeur het nie.
As mens aandag gee vir iets ' negatiefs'  kan mens maklik die behaviour versterk en dit kan eksponensieel erger word.

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