Things that go BOOM in the night

Or lately, the day!

We have had a run of thunderstorms.. big time. Every day for the past 3 days at 4PM like clockwork BOOM!

I’m so relieved that my dogs are not afraid of thunder or noises. I cannot imagine what the last few days must have been like.

This week reminded me of a conversation I had last year with a Canine Chiropractor Friend of mine. She told me about Through a Dog’s Ear Evidently this is music that has been engineered to be calming to dogs.

I was intrigued, so last year I emailed Dr. Susan Wagner who is the board-certified veterinary neurologist who assisted with the development of this series and asked her which one of the CD’s would be the best for thunderphobia and noise sensitivity. She suggested the original one Music to Calm Your Canine Companion, Volume 1

So here is the scoop. I’m running a contest. Leave me a comment about your dog and his or her thunderphobia. It doesn’t have to be a lot of info.. just tell me about your dog. Then all the names of the commenters will be put in a hat and my dog will pull a name. (Or I might use one of those random generator thingies.)

If you don’t win, there is still something for you. Every commenter will get a coupon code for 10% off a
Stainless Steel Enamel Dog Tag from Sew Crazy Dog Lady who also happens to be me.. 😀

Contest entries are accepted until July 18th.

About Pirate Jeni

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  1. My dog Mutley is EXTREMELY thunderphobic. If he hears even simulated thunder he wimpers. He looks and sounds like he should be able to take down the largest of dogs, but he is a wimp. He stands thigh high and is a lab mix. He only looks intimidating… he is the Barry White of the K-9 family… all vocals and love….

  2. Hi Jen!

    My foster-turned-adopted beagle/coonhound mix, Alice, is terrified of thunder. If we’re not home, we find her in the basement when we get home. If we are home, she hides under the computer desk or the corner of the bed.

    I never thought an outdoorsy, sporting dog would be afraid of a weather element, but she was rescued from a home that kept her chained up outside. Even her puppies were forced to face the elements.

    I would love to see if this music worked with Alice. Music therapy has always interested me!!

  3. Fortunately my furkids are fine in storms. However I have a furniece that is absolutely terrified. I’d love to give this to her mom and have them try it out! Thanks for the info!!!

  4. My name is Christine. I am a collie mom of 4.
    Janie my 7 year old is extremely scared of thunder storms.
    We live in Oklahoma and get several thunder storms a year.
    She can feel them about 3 hours before they get here. Here are some of the things she has done. Climbed over a five foot fence and ran away for 24 hours. Tore her way through a 10x10x8 pen with a roof! She actually unraveled the chain link! Scratched at a wall down to her wicks. If we have a chance higher than 20% and I am working I have to storm proof the house just to keep her from hurting herself . I have tried everything. I gave up on drugs (don’t like them) I knitted her some ear muffs, I hold her in her blanket but that’s if I am not working. Her phobia has affected the others too. I would love to try the cd! Anything to keep her safe and help her be a happy dog!

  5. Darla Basamania

    Okay, I have 7 dogs 3 little and 4 big, most are thunderphobic, especially the Rotwiller ( he is actually my neighbors dog but decided to live at my house (maybe because I pet him and talk to him?) It can be interesting with 7 dogs all cowering in corners in the house during a storm, good thing I live where we don’t have that many storms. Same fear if they hear any loud bang type noise, like fireworks. Most of my dogs have been others throwaways,(dumped at the side of the road or found starving with an imbedded collar at the post office etc.) All are happy now except when it thunders.

  6. I have a German Shepard that hears thunder and runs away to his bed. Your dog is braver than mine!

    Matts last blog post..Training Beagles Tips and Advice

  7. Hi! My Boston,|Sophie and Yorkie, Maddie don’t seem to mind the storms this summer.
    Could have something to do with the fact they are always in my lap when it storms??

    MzMars last blog post..May already??

  8. I have 4 dogs and 3 of the that hate anything that BOOMS. Fireworks, thunder, gunshots. Thankfully the puppy is good about it. Guinness hides in the bathroom refusing to come out unless there is food. Bali must sit on top of me until its over and Duke Sits in the same spot panting until its over.

  9. Brita is our lovable, very phobic 5-year-old Springer/Beagle mix.

    She is a very outdoors country dog. Brita spends her days chasing squirrels, chipmunks and woodpeckers. She loves trail runs. But we had to quit agility because of her fear of the banging noise the teeter-totter made. That is one of her many noise phobias.

    Brita can hear thunder long before we can – resulting in mad scratching at the door so she can come in and glue herself to us. She actually vibrates during storms. And even her favorite treats will be ignored until the noise stops.

  10. I’m not entering the contest, but I just want to tell you this music really works for Archie! He’s terrified of storms and fireworks but the Dog’s Ear music takes the edge off and calms him down.

    I also use it when I need to get some work done but Lydia’s telling me it’s playtime. I’ll turn it on it while I’m here at the computer and I’ll have both dogs flat out on the floor before too long.

    Thereses last blog post..China’s Crayola canines

  11. I have a coonhound mix, a shepherd mix and a sheltie. My three girls are all afraid of loud noises. It’s difficult to find room under my desk on a stormy night, so my bed seems to be the best place for all of us to meet.

  12. I know it is after the 18th but thought I would comment anyway… I used to have a dog who was so afraid of thunder that she would do whatever she could to stay near me… she would get behind my head and one time I was vaccuuming, she kept following me & let me vaccuum her.. that was a riot!! LOL It took a while to get through my head that she was afraid of thunder.

    I don’t think any of our current pooches are afraid of it… they act like nothing special is happening… now if the kids have a fight or we have a confrontation with the kids, that’s a whole ‘nother matter…none of our inside dogs like those…

    Jessicas last blog post..socks, socks & more socks

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