Originally Posted by Arch Stanton
Thanks for tips. We've tried DAP and a Homeopathic remedy to no avail. Even used a CD of Thunder and fireworks, but he seems to know it's not real.
We have a few Acepromazine tablets. He gets half a tablet, just enough to reduce the anxiety.
We've also been told "Don't be kind to the dog because you're reinforcing it".
I guess we should try the reverse approach. I'm sure #1 will be happy to hear this.
Again, thanks for the tips. Good luck with the new business. I hope you get your wish and it becomes full time.
Yep, the CD is kinda pointless. They get cranked up due to the electricity in the air, barometric pressure, scents, etc...I tell customers and other trainers, "Yep, I can counter condition my dog not to react to a CD of thunder"
That's about it.
The "don't be kind because you're reinforcing it" is pure old school, cesar milan garbage.
Think of it this way...
If you're kind to the dog when he's reacting with bad manners to another dog, yes, then you're reinforcing that behavior.
But with thunderstorms, their entire body is changing, like a Pavlov experiment. They're actually undergoing physical changes which they can't control.
Ya can't reinforce that. You can only comfort it in order to get the dog down a few levels.
The other thing for those who preach the philosphy of "don't be kind because you'll reinforce it" Does it make a difference? Is your dog getting better with that approach? Nope.
The Ace might be helpful...in that if you can get your pooch down a few levels, you might be able to comfort.
Try the anxiety wrap. It definitely brings my dog down a few levels. BUT don't only use it when there's a storm because you'll trigger the dog to "Uh, oh, the wrap is on...storm must be coming..time to freak out" So occasionally put it on just for the heck of it and take it off five minutes later.
Thanks for the well wishes.