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Old 06-27-2007, 10:09 PM   #1
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Thunderstorms...go away!
Many of you know we recently moved to western NJ from southern CA. I have been through thunderstorms before but it is the frequency here that I am not happy with, and its not for the reason most of you are thinking of-its the dog. Its the 75 lb baby who does not like the thunder and lightening who keeps me sleeping on the couch with him on the floor dog:rollseyes:. I know I should probably not do that (ooh, that was a LOUD crack right above the house! SHHH Calvin, its okay dog!) but when he is barking at every sound and everyone (even the kids!) sleep right through it but me what am I supposed to do? I have gone to the vet to get him some Acepromizine but it needs to work faster! (or I need to watch the Weatherchannel.com website and anticpate when the storm will arrive!) For those of you from NJ, is this a normal amount of storms or is this a little above normal?

Oh, and the kitten (no name yet) that went through the storm on the 19th, she is laying in her bed not even flinching from the sounds! (Calvin should be ashamed!)
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Old 06-27-2007, 10:13 PM   #2
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In the Northeast, thunderstorms are quite frequent in the summer. You get a hot, humid day and can be pretty sure you'll get a storm that evening.

When I was growing up we had a German Shepard that was terrified of thunder storms. She used to try to fit under the bed or hide in the shower stall and cower.:rofling: She never did get over it.
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Old 06-28-2007, 08:37 AM   #3
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I have a 75lb black lab who is also terrified of storms. They didn't bother him when he was younger, but he's now 7 yrs old and he freaks! He is so spoiled, however, that I will get up and lay in the floor with him on his bed in the middle of the night! As long as me or DH is there with him, he feels much better.
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Old 06-28-2007, 08:46 AM   #4
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you may have to try to condition him to the noise- get a recording of a thunderstorm and play it in the house when you are doing something fun, like tug o war, or whatever he loves to do. increase the volume little by little until he ignores it......
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Old 06-28-2007, 09:13 AM   #5
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Yeah, thunderstorms are very common from May-August. I looove thunderstorms, but I also don't have a dog that gets scared of them.

You could send us some of the thunderstorms in Boston...we need to break this hot/humid streak before I melt!
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Old 06-28-2007, 09:32 AM   #6
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We're supposed to have some today Stiney! Maybe we'll get a break...I hope!
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Old 06-28-2007, 09:51 AM   #7
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I can't handle another night like last one.
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Old 06-28-2007, 10:15 AM   #8
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I had my A/C cranked up in my room last night so I didn't even know we had a thunderstorm
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We did? I guess that must have been when I actually fell asleep. I have no a/c.
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Old 06-28-2007, 06:16 PM   #10
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I am originally from PA and summer storms in that part of the country are pretty much the norm. Dogs never do seem to get used to them. We had dogs when I was growing up and they always went nuts when there were storms or fire works.

Now I am in central CA and I would do just about anything for a summer storm... I hate this dry, dry, dry from April til Nov. :(
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