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I am curious, not a terribly important question but just wondering how the Poodles here on the forum react to thunder and lightening.
I realize each dog is different but still would enjoy hearing your stories.
My shepherds, when they were alive were so frightened by the thunder, I was always amazed at how this big tough dog could sqeeze himself in to the smallest area and cry like a baby.

We had so much thunder tonight, and it sounds strange but it was like I momentarily forgot my dogs were gone,( they were with us for so long) at the first crack of thunder my normal reaction was always, oh no, I better go check on them and I did the same thing tonight......silly I guess

Anyways, I look forward to hearing your thunder and lightening stories.

And minis too, sorry, I did not mean to leave them out of my heading
 

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My spoo doesn't react at all, doesn't even bother to twitch an ear. My foxy is a shivering mess at fireworks & thunder, and has to be left in her covered crate until it's over or she drives us all nutty!

It seems to be a highly individual thing about thunder etc, and nothing to do with the breed...
 

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When Vegas heard his first REAL thunder he woke up from a dead sleep and looked around.

Not wanting him to be scared by it, I played thunder on my speakers the next day, turning it louder and louder. One crack was so loud (and my bass made it shake the room) that I jumped, but he didn't even bat an eye.

My other dog has no reaction to sound.. unless it's a rogue whistle, then she's a barking terror.
 

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Many shepherds are afraid of lightening :wacko:- I always was amazed by that fact :rolffleyes: One would expect a working dog IN THE FIELD to be more tolerant of some weather phenomenons LMAO

OR - maybe they know better LOL, and instinctively seek the cover, ha ha. I know that Bearded Collie is known for that - to be scared of thunder. Kind of comes as "disclaimer" when one wants to purchase a puppy that that is a possibility LOL

My spoo was not afraid of thunder - would sometimes bark at the sky one or two times like giving it a warning , or something LOL
 

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Polar Bear just loves any kind of storm. One night I woke up about 2am and he wanted to go outside. I did not realize that a storm was coming. I heard the thunder and called him in. He just would not come in. It started raining and he still refused to come in. He would sit under the eaves of the house watching the storm. The storm stoped in about half an hour and there he was at the door begging to come in. Soaking wet from head to toe. He does the same thing when we have a snow storm. He will not come. I was thinking that since he is only 2 he will out grow it. He shows no signs of letting up and coming in the house yet. I live in the city so he has a lot to see. Something always going on. I live near the police and fire department. The helicopter does make him kind of nervous. It vibrates the windows. He watches it to make sure it doesn't land on his house. My yard is fully fenced and he likes to protrol the neighbors. As long as he does bark I let him stay out.
 

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Neither of my girls really reacts at all. They might twitch an ear or if it's really loud an it surprises them they may wake up from their nap. Otherwise, nothing.

The wonder puppy on the other hand gets nervous and will want to be in your lap huddled up and if she thinks it might get her a cookie shivering. I kind of pay no attention to her really for the most part. The only time we cater to the "awww poor doggie afraid of storms" behavior is really late at night when it is just easier to let her sleep in our room under the comforter than it is to get her to stop crying at the door b/c she wants in. :rolffleyes: Hubby leaves the house for work at 4:30 and doesn't come home until about 9 most nights so the guy's gotta sleep.

I've noticed that sometimes dog's pick up their nervousness from other dogs. This happens in my mom's household. The older dog Ike used to get so upset he would kind of lash out at Howie. It became such an issue that we had to seperate them all summer b/c in Florida surprise thunderstorms in the afternoon are just a fact of life. Howie would start whinning and growling when a storm was comming. Wonder's mom Raven picked up her thunderstorm distress from Ike as well and NOW it is HER that is the problem dog at momma's house. She cries and cries and cries and barkes and goes nuts in general with thunder or fireworks and the younger dogs have started doing it. Wonder's sister Jinx is now almost as bad as Raven and Mr. Wonderful isn't far behind. I think Wonder picked it up before we moved out as well and it has carried over, though to a much lesser degree. Ike is now mostly deaf lol so thunder or fireworks don't bother him anymore :p
 

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None of my Poodles has ever had an issue with thunder or lightening. Thank God! I used to have a Smooth Fox Terrier who would become psychotic during a storm. She would run away or try to dig underground even if she was in the house. It was a nightmare. I hope I never have that issue in a dog again!
 

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Darcy had his first thunder storm last night and wasn't really phased by it. To be honest I'm not sure he really noticed it, it wasn"t a big one.

Ziggy our PWD now agitates during storms due to a bad experience last summer. My dad was letting her out to pee (before any signs of a storm) when the biggest clap of thunder came just as she was setting foot out the door. She wouldn't go out the door to the garden for a few days. Now she pants and looks upset during storms.
 

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Is there something that can be done to get a pup through his first few storms without it becoming an issue? Or are some dogs just prone to it?
 

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Neither of Poodles react. Like cbrand, I once had a non-Poodle dog that was a nightmare during storms. (or fireworks) He would break through windows and all kinds of crazy stuff. I hope to never go through that with a dog again!!
 

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Suri does not react.

Olie and the Poms notice but then shrug it off.
 

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my old boy (aussie) is horrible with storms any loud sound (back firing car etc) and he bolts- up and over 7' fence and is gone. ...

he travelled over 50 miles the one time before someone finally got him stopped. :(
 

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Is there something that can be done to get a pup through his first few storms without it becoming an issue? Or are some dogs just prone to it?
two things can be done

1 nothing, make no big deal out of storms. i do this now that

2 make storms fun - this is what i did with saleen. go play in the rain for a minute (not in a downpour and not with lightening) make rain just another part of life and hopefully head off any "i dont want to go out and potty in the rain issues" both of my spoos will go out in mild to moderate rainfall to potty though saleen hated it at first. i also made a point to play a fun game and give some favorite treats before, during, and after the storm or just settle down with everyone in bed and read or watch a movie on the laptop.

i also made sure to seperate wonder for the first couple f really bad storms that way she didnt make the puppy nervous. doing all those things has helped wonder to an extent too she isnt nearly as bad as she used to bed so thats good. saleen never developed any fear of storms which in my mind is excellent since her temper is a bit on the skittish side at times.
 

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2 make storms fun - this is what i did with saleen. go play in the rain for a minute (not in a downpour and not with lightening) make rain just another part of life and hopefully head off any "i dont want to go out and potty in the rain issues" both of my spoos will go out in mild to moderate rainfall to potty though saleen hated it at first. i also made a point to play a fun game and give some favorite treats before, during, and after the storm or just settle down with everyone in bed and read or watch a movie on the laptop.
That's a great tip. I have had foster dogs that just would not go outside if it was raining. I'll have to be sure that Jackson won't mind inclement weather.
 

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So far Faith could not care less about thunder. I don't think she even wakes up for it. I really hope that does not change--my mom's whippet has developed a storm phobia that keeps getting worse and worse, and it's no fun. :(
 

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Unless its a Huge clap that shakes the house he doesnt care or react. If it is super loud then he might stand up, turn around, and lay back down again. Really not bothered by anything. I too hope i never have a noise/storm phobic dog!!
 

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Thanks for all the replies

:rain:I have really enjoyed reading your stories, each one, thanks for taking the time to reply. I am truly impressed by the way everyone's poodles handle the noise. I hope when I have my boy home he is the same, if not that is okay as well, I can handle that.
 

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Although thunderstorms don't bother my three, there are times when they seem to be - a tornado that touched down close by once, and back in '05 when FL got hit by all those hurricanes. They would stand still, as if listening to something, and then seek me out for comfort (laying close to me, head pressed against me or in my lap). It has something to do with the barometric pressure.
 

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Ginger, (the spoo) doesn't react at all. Keelyn (the border collie) hates thunder but that came on as she got older. Every single dog I've ever had begins to show signs of fear of thunder in later years and not before. We don't react so not sure why, maybe just an age thing.
 
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