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Do Summer Thunderstorms Send Your Dog Into a Panic?

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  • The spring and summer months are often hard on dogs with thunderstorm phobia – and their owners. Phobic reactions can range from mild-moderate to extreme.
  • A study conducted a few years ago indicates dogs with storm phobia often have other related conditions, specifically separation anxiety and noise phobia. A combination of anxieties can make diagnosis and treatment more challenging.
  • Storm phobia is different from other anxiety disorders because there can be a number of triggers rather than just one. And thunderstorm phobias can get worse the more storms a dog is exposed to.
  • Effective therapy for storm-phobic dogs usually requires a combination of treatments which can include behavior modification, desensitization, establishing a safe room, the use of DAP pheromone diffusers, massage and storm jackets.
  • Other options can include natural supplements and remedies, short term use of anti-anxiety drugs or anti-depressants, and consultation with an animal behavior specialist.

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Honoring Sarge

Sarge has become an angel. Officially, at least. He was an angel on earth until yesterday, when he passed away at the age of 16. He has now officially begun his work as Doggie Angel, Elderbull Extrordinaire. In honor of Sarge, we are sharing this delightful video today. Sarge's family would be grateful if each person who watches it would share it with just one other person. ELDERBULLS: The Movie (2011) from Animal Farm on Vimeo.   If you don't already know about the famous Sarge the Elderbull, we urge you to visit his blog page at http://www.elderbulls.blogspot.com/.  In short, Sarge, along with over 30 other dogs) was rescued at age 14 from an abusive home in PA. He was...

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From "Difficult" to Diva, how one dog is changing lives

                                                           Oh Miss Molly-D... Molly-Dharma was labelled as a "difficult" dog. Adopted and returned twice (or was it three times?), Molly would return to the MaxFund (a Denver no-kill shelter) more and more stressed. Her first impression behavior was less than ladylike, she was "touchy" (or not, actually) and were it not for her faithful and caring team of rescuers and caregivers at MaxFund, Molly's story would be different, and sadly, shorter.  As it turned out, after almost three years waiting for a home, Molly-Dharma was adopted by a man, and this man had an incredible soul. The man and Molly-Dharma both worked very hard and eventually together they were able to gather the bounty of patience, trust, security, and ...

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