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Dog newly dealing with anxiety. How to get my old dog back?

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Dog newly dealing with anxiety. How to get my old dog back?

We live in Toronto. In the past 3 months, there's been a ridiculous amount of rain. Regularly, thunderstorms are quite few and far between, but we've gone through a *long* stretch with some popping up every couple of days for months! My dog has always been afraid of the thunder but the insane amount that he's been subjected to in the past few weeks has turned him into a permanent scaredy cat.

I have a basement which I mostly soundproofed. Before, I'd bring him downstairs and put a bit of music on to drown out the rest of the noise. Now, even when it rains (with no thunder whatever), he starts shaking. Bringing him downstairs doesn't work any longer as he knows rain is happening outside. Just to make things more cruel, now that the thunderstorms seem to have largely stopped, July 1st rolls around and for the past 4 days, we've had people lighting up firecrackers and fireworks which scare him silly.

Today, there were roofers at the neighbor's house. I let out my dog and he heard a gentle hammering sound, started shaking, and wanted to come in ASAP! Going outside with him, urging him to play and petting him did nothing.

He's never been like this and just want my old dog back. He's a 9-year old lab mix pictured here. My wife and I love him dearly and are experienced dog owners but have never had to deal with this before.

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Any techniques or ideas that worked for removing that behavior from their dog?
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have you tried anxiety blankets?

anything new happen in his environment?

a sudden change in behavior is usually something unless he is getting old
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gqballa wrote:
Jul 5th, 2017 10:38 am
have you tried anxiety blankets?

anything new happen in his environment?

a sudden change in behavior is usually something unless he is getting old
No, nothing new in his environment at all. Just a crazy amount of thunderstorms and fireworks which have rendered him fearful.

Anxiety blankets and thundershirts are useless, in our experience. :(
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a vet can prescribe a xanax like drug for him if needed.

Is anything else different?

Is he Neutered?
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gqballa wrote:
Jul 5th, 2017 3:47 pm
a vet can prescribe a xanax like drug for him if needed.

Is anything else different?

Is he Neutered?
Nothing is different. Just an overload of noises which make him nervous.

Yes, he's neutered.
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Jul 7, 2017
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So sorry to hear your pup is suffering due to fireworks and thunderstorms. If you haven't already, speak with your vet. Many of our pets suffer from anxiety and there are a number of safe and effective medications and techniques to help them. Best of luck!

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