Do you remember last year? How did your fur-kids react to the noise and hoopla? Maybe your pup joined the household in the last few months. It is time to think about the coming celebration. There is still time to condition the young pup prior to the barrage. Your goal would be to desensitize them to the noise. A Weimaraner that has been conditioned to gunfire and loud noise may not even give the explosions much notice.
Don’t Lose Your Weimaraner
Every year, the shelters are filled with pets who got spooked and ran. You don’t want to be searching for your Weimaraner. You might be asking how you can I desensitize them to loud noises. This is best done while they are younger; however, it is not a lost cause for the adult. It would take considerable work. You need the right location and some help. You want to be doing something fun with the Weimaraner. Have your assistant and with the noise making far enough away it would hardly be noticed. (It is best if they cannot be seen, or if you are not looking their direction–you need to ignore them too!) Once the Weimaraner is conditioned to the current sound, you will want to increase the noise. Keep playing but ask your helper to move a little closer.
Stay Calm and Focused on the Fun
Whatever happens; remain calm. Do not tell the pup they are OK and console them. This act of kindness is a good way to ingrain the fear of loud noises. The pup will think you are saying they are right to be afraid. When we say stay calm, we mean do not get frustrated, upset, or concerned about the noise. Everything is fine even if the Weimaraner acts afraid. Your calmness will go a long way toward achieving a positive outcome. If they notice the noise, you should make every attempt not to take notice. Go about the business of having fun as usual. Once things are rock solid at that sound level, you will signal your helper (probably via the cell phone because you do not want to draw attention to them) that they should move slight closer and begin the same exercise again.
Over time, with patience, the process works. Cliff says he would never introduce a gun closer than 300′. Most of our pups are not sound sensitive when they leave OwyheeStar; however, there are many transition points in their life where they can become alarmed–afraid of something. These can be unforeseen events. Always stay calm and get out of the situation, and go about your business. This time of year you could pick up a few fireworks and eventually add them to the mix. Please be selective and avoid the dramatic ones. With patience, this method will work. You can start out ever so small with a metal kettle and a spoon making a very light ding when you are cooking in the kitchen. Be creative and help them get ready for the big event. It is coming soon!
Here are a few links that you might find useful. People try to find a solution. Most try to console their Weimaraner. We suggest you change their attitude about the sound. Regardless, whatever you do–Keep them Safe!
Preparing for the future…