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Old 01-08-2016, 03:05 PM   #1
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How many of you have dogs you can shoot by and it doesn't bother them but they get nervous with fireworks or thunder?
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Old 01-08-2016, 03:09 PM   #2
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My dog Abby loved shotguns and fireworks but she hated thunder. I'm thinking she developed the hate for thunder because if the light went off, the fire alarms started chirping and made an even louder chirp when the lights came back on. She hated those chirps. She would shake like crazy. Shotguns and fireworks would have her looking for birds and wagging her tail like lets go, but thunder was a no go!..
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Old 01-08-2016, 03:25 PM   #3
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Kalani dog sleeps through anything
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Old 01-08-2016, 03:33 PM   #4
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My GSP luckily doesn't have any issues with any of that.
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Old 01-08-2016, 03:35 PM   #5
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My lab has been hunting with me since 9 months and still goes crazy over thunder and fireworks. He is 7years old now
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Old 01-08-2016, 03:35 PM   #6
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My lab will hunt all day but can't stand fireworks. She is ok with thunder
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Old 01-08-2016, 03:36 PM   #7
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Fine with the guns. But hates fireworks or thunder. Lab 5years old
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Old 01-08-2016, 03:37 PM   #8
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My lab doesn't like thunder and he's acts like big chicken when it starts booming outside. I think one time when he was a puppy he got left outside in the pen during a storm and our other lab wouldn't let him in the dog house. He's fine with fireworks and anytime I pull a gun out of the safe he gets all kinds of excited and thinks we're going hunting.
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Old 01-08-2016, 03:41 PM   #9
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Have a lab that just turned 1...she does fine around guns and thunder...yet to have her around fireworks. I've found that extra attention around the loud noises keeps her confident all is well. When I first dove hunted with her I paid extra attention to her, petting/verbally reassuring her; seemed like it helped build confidence and all was "OK".
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Old 01-08-2016, 03:44 PM   #10
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My Lab has no issues with guns, fireworks or thunder.
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Old 01-08-2016, 03:46 PM   #11
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12 year old lab. Fine around guns. Has been nervous with thunder for the past couple years. Vet said it was just being old. How old people are more nervous about stuff than younger people.
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Old 01-08-2016, 03:47 PM   #12
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Out of 9 labs between my dad and I, never seen one that was scared of guns. Did have 2 that hated thunder and lighting.

Also had one that was bat **** crazy anyway but would chase fireworks. One time during a roman candle war I thew one at a buddy. This dog proceeds to pick up said LIT roman candle and bring it back while its shooting balls of fire. Made for an interesting retreat
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Old 01-08-2016, 03:58 PM   #13
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my 10YO lab, would kill himself trying to get away from thunder. I found him pinned under the gate one night. He tried to dig out on his side. There was no stopping him, when he was that scared...
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Old 01-08-2016, 04:05 PM   #14
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I have had two labs that were fine with guns, but would freak out on thunder and fireworks. Got worse as they got older. Had one try and jump thru our picture window. and would go straight thru a cedar fence. And clawed and bit half way thru a solid core door. Shot guns no problems, couldn't wait for the next bird to fall.
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Old 01-08-2016, 04:08 PM   #15
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I have one that hates fireworks or thunder. She has gotten worse with age. Gun shots do not bother her though. The other doesn't care about loud noises at all.
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Old 01-08-2016, 04:10 PM   #16
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My Lab has no issues with guns, fireworks or thunder.
X2. Both of my labs have no problems with guns, fireworks or thunder.

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Old 01-08-2016, 04:17 PM   #17
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My lab female loves hunting and gunfire makes her happy! Thunder and fireworks scare the living heck out of her. No idea why. I have to keep her in the house or she'll kill herself digging out.
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Old 01-08-2016, 04:20 PM   #18
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My lab has no fear of either. But one thing that scares the crud out of him is a horror flick. The dude can tell by the music and tone of the movie it's going to be a scary one and would rather sit out side in a hurricane than have to sit indoors while we are watching Amityville Horror. Heck even the walking dead will have him standing by the door.
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Old 01-08-2016, 04:20 PM   #19
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My boy does. I can crack a 12 right next to him and if we're together with fireworks around he's good. But if he's alone on the 4th, NYE or during a storm, he's goes ape shhh
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Old 01-08-2016, 04:27 PM   #20
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My last lab was never around thunder or fireworks until he was about 7 years old and he freaked out every time even though he loved guns. From then on every time we would have a thunderstorm about to roll in I would take him out and start throwing the dummy(not me LOL) as the storm was rolling in. The more times he did it the less he paid attention to the thunder. He eventually got to the point it didn't bother him. Fireworks were just too hard for me to break him of since they are basically a twice a year thing because I was not going to by a bunch of fireworks to train it out of him but I bet I could of. I thought he would actually like fireworks because a lot them make similar noise to a gun but boy was I wrong. The lab before him was not afraid of anything.
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Old 01-08-2016, 04:31 PM   #21
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I think all things your dogs are scared of is from lack of exposure. If you know a storm is coming and your pup has never been through lose some sleep and stay up playing or petting dog. same goes with fireworks and gunfire good exposure will cure all these things its up to us as dog owners to expose in a positive manner so dogs don't lose their minds and hurt themselves.
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Old 01-08-2016, 04:42 PM   #22
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My dog used to be gun broke, but he went chasing tail one weekend. I think someone shot at him, so now he's scared of everything. He's always been scared of thunder and fireworks.
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Old 01-08-2016, 04:49 PM   #23
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Keep the responses coming in - I have a very good reason as to why I asked this question- just can't say at this time.
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Old 01-08-2016, 05:00 PM   #24
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Mine could care less, they just roll over and snooze
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Old 01-08-2016, 05:21 PM   #25
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Keep the responses coming in - I have a very good reason as to why I asked this question- just can't say at this time.
For sure got my attention now. When do we find out, so I don't miss it ?
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Old 01-08-2016, 05:25 PM   #26
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Hopefully soon!
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Old 01-08-2016, 05:46 PM   #27
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I have a 12 year old Lab. When he was a pup he was afraid of the garbage truck. Anytime the garbage truck came by I'd through a ball or training dummy for him. I'd also do the same during rain when it was thundering and if anyone was shooting fireworks close by. He's never been bothered by any of it since all the sounds were introduced with something fun to him.
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Old 01-08-2016, 05:54 PM   #28
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12 year old lab. Fine around guns. Has been nervous with thunder for the past couple years. Vet said it was just being old. How old people are more nervous about stuff than younger people.
Mine started at an older age as well with thunder....probably around 9....she lived to a month shy of 13.

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Old 01-08-2016, 07:27 PM   #29
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Old 01-09-2016, 10:04 AM   #30
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I have had 4 over the years all have passed but one of old age,all but one was not shaky of any loud noise and it was ruined when my young son and buddy's where throwing black cats by hand and he the lab made a retrieve on a live bundle outcome was what you expect ,lived to die an old man but would kennel on the sound of any loud noise,accident ruined a good dog.as for as hunting was concerned
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