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A few years ago I brought up the issue of fireworks and someone said to give little treats everytime a firework went off. We tried it and it worked. Tucker started looking forward to the next boom and the treat. The only problem was in Vancouver, WA people shoot off fireworks for several days and on the 4th it lasts all day into the early hours of the morning.

Now that we are in Utah and the home of Thunderstorms, we have tried the same thing and it seems to be working. Tucker is getting used to the thunder a little and he is not shaking as much. We have found that just using kibble for treats sometimes doesn't work and we have to use high value ones, usually meaty treats. During these times we cut back on his meal kibble so he doesn't get too much food for the day.

Another issue at our new house is we are close to an Army base where they fire off howitzers once in a while. Luckily they let you know via the media when they plan on doing their excercises. Tucker has actually gotten somewhat used to this noise even though it sounds a lot like thunder.

Hopefully over time we won't need treat therapy and he will be ok with loud noises. We have started to see some results.
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