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hi every time it rains my dog cry all night what can i do to

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hi every time it rains my dog cry all night what can i do to stop this
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Training
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 2 years ago.
Hi JaCustomer,
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My name is Jane. I have been working professionally with animals especially dogs in both health and behavioral issues for over 18 years. I have over 14,000 satisfied customers. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.
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In order to supply you with the best information, I do need to ask for some additional information. Once I receive your answer, it will likely take me about 30-45 minutes to type up your response. I hope you can be patient.
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Does it happen with every rain or does it seem to be ones where there is thunder or lightening?
What breed is she?
Is she whining, howling or making another noise?
In order to not suggest something already tried, could you please tell me what you have tried exactly?
Do you have a normal shingle roof or other material?
Is the dog inside or outside?
When it first started, did you try and reassure her?
How long has she done this?
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 2 years ago.
Linda,
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I was hoping to get a response back from you with more information, but I also do not want you continuing to wait for an answer, so let me give you some standard answer about noise phobia which is usually the cause for anxiety during rain storms.

Many dogs have reactions to different noises. This is really a problem around the 4th of July and fireworks. Some people tape the noise that causes the bad behavior and play it back at lower volumes while playing with the dog and providing positive reinforcement for the dog's lack of anxiety while the noise is played at low volumes. Positive reinforcement would include calm praise and hot dog slices or other tasty treat (not regular treats. You then gradually increase the volume slowly until your dog is desensitized to the noise. Your vet could prescribe a medication called Acepromazine, which is a tranquilizer. You can read about this here:
http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/acepromazine-promace-aceproject/page1.aspx

Another prescription drug would be Xanax but I have to caution you not to give any prescription drug to your dog without consulting your vet first.
http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/alprazolam-xanax/page1.aspx
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Many people get Rescue Remedy to help with noise phobias. Be sure you get the kind that does NOT contain Xylitol. You can read about this here:
http://www.canine-epilepsy-guardian-angels.com/rescue_remedy.htm
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It may also be available in your local pet store as well. Benadryl is often used as it does tend to calm your dog. Benadryl can be given to your dog, the dose is up to 2mg per pound every 8 hours. Benadryl in not a sedative though so it won't put your dog to sleep. Leaving a TV playing loud also helps prevent your dog from hearing the outside noises. Another treatment is Melatonin which you can read about here. It has been shown to work well for noise phobias.
http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/melatonin-melatonex/page1.aspx
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DAP collars might help a bit as well. They produce pheromones that mimic the ones produced by a nursing mom to calm her pups. It has proven to be helpful with this problem but was used in conjunction with desensitization so it is unknown if the collar or the training was the major factor in resolving the problem.
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You also need to not reassure your dog as that encourages the behavior. Try covering her crate with blankets to make it more den like to make her feel safer and might also help muffle the noise making it easier to ignore the bad behavior.

I hope this information is helpful to you and you are satisfied with my response. If you would like any additional information, wish to respond to my initial information request or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have .
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