Boxers and Storms

United States
June 18, 2007 7:16pm CST
We have a dog that is half boxer and half german shepherd. Romeo is a great dog, very loving and friendly, not very guard doggish..which is what we really wanted him for. And...he's petrified of thunderstorms. He stays outside, but when, like today, there is a thunderstorm going on around him, instead of just getting in his nice, dry house he comes to the back door, gets under the porch and howls. I've tried bringing him inside the house, but he still howls. Do you think the thunder could hurt his ears...or is he simply a big sissy?
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@Nykkee (2523)
• Canada
19 Jun 07
He's probably just scared. My dog is pitbull mixed with either boxer or mastiff (I didn't actually see her father dog) and she is terrified of statues, birds, and billboards with people on them. She also hates the fart sounf that you can make by sticking your tounge out and blowing and bottles of nail polish.
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• United States
18 Jul 07
oohh...I don't think I've ever heard of a dog scared of nail polish! I wonder if the smell bothers her? That would seem more likely than the sight of it. She sounds like a doll. What is her name?
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@Nykkee (2523)
• Canada
18 Jul 07
Her name is Rufus or Roofie. It probably is the smell that bothers her but she's only really been afraid of it since I painted 3 of her toe nails while she was asleep and now she will run away if I show her the bottle.
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• United States
17 Sep 07
That is so funny! My friend has a boxer, and she loves the taste of lotion. if you get some out to put on your hands she will run to you as fast as she can, so she can lick it off as fast as you put it on. Which is ok..until you come in with scented lotion on your legs and feet!
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
27 Aug 07
Wow I see that you have topped over the 500 mark while I was gone. Woo Hoo for you!! I have an American Eskimo Spitz. He too is afraid of the thunder and lightening. I have found that if I let him sit on the couch or lay on the bed with me, he stops howling. For some reason, he seems to trust me alot. :) He is my baby since our children have grown up and married.
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• United States
17 Sep 07
Our little one (Half Chihuahua/half yorkie) is our baby. she sleeps with us at night. Most mornings when I wake up, she has managed to wiggle her way in between Mike and I and has her head on the pillow. I keep telling her that is not her spot, and she's not sleeping there. She doesn't listen though!
@zer0code (11)
• Brazil
25 Aug 07
Dogs have accurated audition man over 100 times higher and precise than our own... thats why when you hear a single Krrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaakbooooooooooooooooommmmmm...... he hears FRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGGAG BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO (ECHOES) and sorry for my english lol
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• United States
17 Sep 07
yes I know they have much better hearing than we could ever think of having. This is why they can hear a siren that is approaching far earlier than a human can. I can always tell if the fire truck has left the station down the highway and is headed our way. It is only about 2 miles down there, and Romeo can hear them as soon as they open the folding door and take off. If they don't come our way, he will just run circles and act silly for a minute. But he can tell me when the alarm has gone off down there every time.
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
19 Jun 07
You must find a way for the dog to realize that it is another event in life. We feed treats to our dogs and pet them during stressful times. They learn that we are not upset and they seem to feel that maybe it is not such a thing. Hopefully you believe that thunderstorms are a great display and that will convey to the dog easily. Good luck with this one.
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• United States
18 Jul 07
We have just started bringing him inside, hoping that playing with the little dog will calm him. Yesterday, the thunder and lightening were incredible. He kept trying to get under something. The couch, the covers on my bed, the kitchen table (He's not allowed in the dining room or kitchen and he knows it) James finally went and to a bean bag out of his room and laid down on it, and Romeo got up right next to him and snuggled until the storm went by.
• United States
19 Jun 07
I don't think he is being a big sisy.We had a dog that used to be like that. I think it could be hurting his ears as dogs ears are so sensitive
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• United States
18 Jul 07
Romeo is quite funny. His personality is so opposite of his looks. He's big, square headed and broad shoulders. But he has this one ear that I guess got broken as a puppy because it flops all the time, and he always seems to have this big goofy grin on his face.
@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
19 Jun 07
Anything ia possible. I used to have a German Shepherd, he was so scared of thunderstorms I think its the sounds that scares them just like the fireworks on the 4th of July. Their ears are so sensitive.
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• United States
18 Jul 07
It's so funny though, because Baby, my chihuahua/yorkie mix will sit there and look at him like he's lost his mind. She wants to play, and he's trying to get underneath the couch.