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    Posted: 09 July 2006 at 10:46am
Ginger is not thunderphobic, as we have confirmed a lot lately. She just
raises her head for a while and then goes back to sleep. Ditto for the 4th
of July fireworks. She was in bed with us and just raised her head,
listened for a while, and went back to sleep.

However, when I took her out for her final potty run at 10 that night,
some dimwit brat a few doors down from us set of a small firecracker. It
was no more than a sharp pop. Ginger ran for the door and would not go
back to finish the job, What is more, all of the nights since, she has
refused to go out. No problem during the day, but if it's dark outside, it's
no go.

It seems like sharp, unexpected noises make her afraid and she
remembers the night of the 4th. Loud noise does not generally scare her.
There is a extra loud motorcycle that comes through our neighborhood
sounding like a drive by shooting with a sub-machine gun that we
encounter on some of our walks. Ginger just looks up and goes back to
sniffing the grass. No problem.

I'm hoping she will get over the nightime phobia soon. Anyone else have
any experience with this type of situation?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 July 2006 at 2:00pm

All three of mine will not go out if they hear any fireworks. Just last night I was taking them out before bed and some @$$*0** neighbor started with the firecrackers again. (we aren't in the city, so they are not illegal). What I do is just wait a while and when it's been quiet for 10 minutes, try again. You could try taking her out in the yard on leash and using an especially yummy treat as encouragment. Just don't baby her or make anything out of her fear. Talk in a cheeful voice and just take her out and walk her around with you. Good luck!

I know this can be difficult, all three of mine are also thunderphobic.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 July 2006 at 11:46am
We have rain phobia at our house.  One paw on wet grass and it is back to the house to nap as long as possible so that it does not appear as if she has to go to the bathroom.  BUT a piece of turkey usually coaxes the sleeping giant out of the door and on to do her business.
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