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My little dog is a cross between Yorkshire Terrier and a

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My little dog is a cross between Yorkshire Terrier and a Dashhund, lately she seems to be very frightened of any noises. Sometimes I don't even know what starts it. Thunder and fireworks do it of course. She shakes so much and pants it lasts for about 4 hours sometimes. She tries to go into every corner to hide sometimes I'm frighten she would hurt herself. She don't listened, won't eat or drink when she is like it. She just looks like she is mad. I feel like she may be need some medication regularly to keep her calm. Please can you help as I'm very worried and it's getting me down as well.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Training
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.

Hi JaCustomer,

My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.

This is really a common problem. Many dogs have reactions to different noises. Sometimes it is triggered by an incident but in many cases there seems to be no reason why a dog starts to be anxious. This is really a problem around the 4th of July and fireworks. For things like thunderstorms, some people tape the noise 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/article/drug-library/library/prescription/alprazolam-xanax.

A new medication is available as well called sileo. Read more on this here:

http://www.sileodogus.com/

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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For a regular medication, melatonin would be a good choice as would a dap collar. The dap collar uses pheromones so can be used with medications without worrying about any interaction. I'd try those first and see how she does while you work on desensitization training.

I hope this information is helpful to you. If you would like any additional information 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 . If you do find this helpful, please take this opportunity to rate my answer positively so I am compensated for my time.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you Jane. I shall try the tape the noise training. I have already got the collar only yesterday so waiting to see if it's going to help. I shall try the Melatonin as well. Thank you for your help.
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.

You are very welcome. Thank you for the excellent rating. I do appreciate it.