Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by The Exile, Sep 18, 2022.
Or maybe hyperacousis if I'm spelling that right.
I had a standard poodle who did not like guns, would not cross railroad tracks, and would not swim across a relatively shallow stream. Had to carry her. Pain in the tuchas since the Lab I was also walking would happily splash across the stream and had no trouble with RR tracks. Especially annoying since poodles are supposed to be a water-fowling breed.
Irrational, gripping phobias are apparently common to more than just people and dogs. You and snakes and spiders maybe, and I'm told that cats and cucumbers don't get along.
On the other hand, it is said that all science and technology is ultimately based on when someone says, "Gee, that's weird."
Has she ever been around anyone firing a gun? If not maybe it is the similar smell of fireworks and gun powder residue on the guns that she associates???
Just a thought.
My first German Shepherd HATED loud noises. My current German Shepherd could care less. I can take her with me to my favorite shooting spot and she doesn't tense up at all. I assume it has to do with her past life with her past owner.
>Jinks, Mike owes me a Yoo-hoo!<
There was a dog at the shop that would pee when he heard a shotgun pump cycle. He would go nuts looking for a boat to jump in. That sound meant duck hunting and he was ready! The boat could be out and the decoys around, but he know nothing happened without a shotgun. At the noise he’s sit in the boat for an hour, waiting to go.
But just the sight of my guns doesn't bother her, just the loud bang. And it doesn't have to be real loud. My air rifles will do it.
But other than no hunting with her she has been my faithful companion for 13 1/2 years. I will be sad to see her go.
I hope when you got married your wife wasnt blindfolded
The dog in my avatar pic was a rescue; she would cower and tremble if anyone took out a broom, and avoided basements like the plague. I got her young, but someone left a lifelong lasting impression on her.
My current springer spaniel never startled at loud noises and was exposed to noise quite a bit from daily work environment. Around a year or so ago he started getting spooked by thunder, fireworks or gunshots if he hears them from inside the house. When we are outside he doesn’t pay attention to those same sounds.
I’ve had dogs all my life they’re as different in personality as people.
Most gun dog breeds are not gun shy but as precaution when they are little pups start out with a kids cap pistol and snap the cap pistol for them to come eat or get a treat and go up from there. Then as you start playing fetch with them snap a trainer pistol when you throw a toy or dummy. They start very early on as a gunshot being a good or fun thing for them.
He just made it worse.
I had a Brittany who as a pup was extremely shy of loud noises. On the advice of an animal behavioralist I stated dropping muffin tins on the floor every time I fed him and before he started eating. Eventually he changed to being excited and happy at loud noises instead of anxious.
"CHARLIE" but he kept going. Uncle's hunting partner said "try Bob."
Anyone ever have a dog afraid of guns?
Only one. Lucky was a dog someone tossed from a car on the freeway on ramp. She would hang out in a tree lawn behind our property before everything was fenced in. When we would put our dogs out she would watch from a distance. My wife began leaving a food plate out for her and a Milk Bone biscuit. This went on for two weeks. She would garbage down the food, grab the biscuit and run. One day she left the food but no treat. The dog looked and my wife went out holding the biscuit out to her. She came and took the biscuit and promptly dropped it just giving my wife affection. Well OK when you have two adding one more is easy enough. She was one of the very best dogs we ever had very loyal and obedient and one of the few who never would leave the property and I could walk less a leash.
One day I took a rifle out and the dog freaked. Shaking in fear. I am thinking how can this dog fear a long gun? My wife always checks our dogs for fleas and ticks even though we give them medication to prevent fleas and ticks. One day she felt something like a small pimple on Lucky. A few days later using her finger nail she felt something surface and got it. Here is was a damn BB. Someone had shat the dog with a BB gun and the BB finally came to the skin surface. The vet also told us at one time the dog had been choked. We had Lucky for about 7 to 8 years and she was one of the absolute best dogs we have ever had. After the BB told a story I could understand her fear of guns. I will never understand how anyone could have ever hurt that dog but could absolutely understand her fear of guns.
I started taking him out when I shot in the forest. He would run when I shot even a .22 rifle so I left the door of my truck open so he could run inside it where he felt safe. He would watch me shoot from the safety of the truck. Eventually, he realized there was nothing to fear from the noise and was missing some of the fun by being inside the truck. He started venturing out while I was shooting. Soon, he was fine around gunfire.
Someone has hurt that dog with a gun in her past. Not necessarily shot the dog, but possibly beat it with one (or something that, at least to her, resembles a gun.) It will take significant effort on your part, using lots of positive rewards, to overcome that reflex.
I've never tried to hunt him so my only concern is his feeling okay. Tried Thunder Shirt, minimal effect, if any.
Rescue dogs may relate long guns to a stick, if its been beaten with one, perhaps that's where the fear of them comes from.
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