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Old 07-17-2018, 04:12 PM
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Increased Anxiety Ever Since 4th of July / Nightly Whining

2 yr 3 mo beagle who I've had since he was 8 wks. We've always struggled with separation anxiety and he's more attached to me than to my husband. Over the last two years, we've figured out ways to work around the anxiety and he seemed to be getting better

The fireworks on the 4th really rattled him this year. He was outside peeing when a bottle rocket went off directly above him and he then panted, shook, and laid in my lap for about the next 2 hours. He had a bit of panic the next night although not as long. And then about 3 days later, he woke up in the middle of the night panicked and panting (although he stopped when I let him out of his pen for a quick break).

Ever since the 4th, he has been way more sensitive to everything. When I leave he freaks out and starts screeching (this isn't totally abnormal, but he had been get much better about it over the last year or so). Because of construction, we had to put him in our bedroom when we left a couple of time over last week (he usually gets to be out in the whole apartment or would stay in an exercise pen), and he peed on the carpet in the bedroom. He's been whining every night when we put him to bed in his crate. He has always slept in a crate and has never loved it, but didn't whine every night. He has also woken up a few nights and whined in the middle of the night which never used to happen.

What do I do?

Also, we're moving to a new apartment this weekend and had thought that perhaps he could finally handle being out in the apartment when we're at work instead of staying in an exercise pen. We'd been slowly giving him longer and longer amounts of time out of the exercise pen this summer to get him ready for it and each time he was great - no accidents, no destroying things, just sleeping. Do I go back to the pen? Would that be more familiar/comfortable to him?

I feel so bad for him, but he's also making us go crazy with the whining at night.
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Oh! Poor thing!
I had a dog that experienced almost the exact same thing. We took her to a fireworks display, because we were training her for service work. She hated it and never liked the lights or noise of fireworks, or even a severe thunderstorm.


But, what did help is we would enclose her in the bathroom when there were bad storms or even during firework season. This muffled the sound. I also played the radio very loudly.


I would suggest that while you are transitioning to the new apartment, that you would leave him in the crate. Yes, it is more familiar to him.


To help him with the nightly whining, I would try a weighted blanket/vest. I got mine on Amazon. But, almost all of the pet stores online sell them. Drs. Foster and Smith also sell them.



I have tried the natural pill products that have valerian and chamomille....I didn't notice any difference. However, you might try them, especially since he was so traumatized by the noise.



But, other than letting him sleep with you at night, I can only suggest trying to get him to self comfort with a weighted vest, a "lovey" (either a favorite blanket or a stuffed toy, preferably one that you have played with and has your scent on it). Some dogs will even comfort if you give them one of your old t-shirts that have your scent on them. He is scared and needs to be consoled.



If all else fails, I suggest going to a training specialist. I have used the following program. She is a vet and has a plethora of ways to avert difficult behaviors.


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Good Luck!


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