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 TESTIMONIALS > A Golden Learns To Cope With Thunder!
 
   Testimonial:
  A GOLDEN LEARNS TO COPE WITH THUNDER!
Testimonial By: Melissa and Casey        Publish Date: 2002-12-01

Dear Eugenie,
 
I just had to write and let you know the SUCCESS I have had with Casey with regards to his extreme phobia of noises, thunderstorms etc. After attending the chat evening on fears and phobias hosted by the ABC, and listening to what you were saying regarding doing some TTouch I decided to try it the next time I knew a storm was coming.

In the past I had tried everything else, rescue, eco fear and distracting. The problem was that he would become so panicked that it was as if he become deaf to everything except the noise. He is a very sweet 3 and a half-year-old golden retriever and it was so distressing to see him shivering, panting and salivating as he tried to hide away. Half the problem was that I would become so worried because I knew what was coming, that even though I tried to hide it, he would obviously pick it up from me.

So when the next storm rolled around, I had him in a body wrap and I did a lot of TTouch on his body, mouth and ears. WOW, what a difference, he calmed down so quickly and instead of hiding in the bedroom, he was actually sitting with me in the lounge. He was still a little bit nervous but as I worked on him he settled down, and actually ended up going to sleep with the noise of thunder still around.
 
I have noticed that with the next couple of storms, he has not been getting worked up as quickly, and he comes to me and waits for me to start doing some work on him. I truly thought this would be something I would have to just live with, and he is like a different dog in this regard. I do agree with what you said, that the moment the owner has something constructive to do, it will only help. Because I definitely feel so much more confident, knowing that I can do something that works. I only regret not doing this sooner...
 
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE KNOWLEDGE YOU PASS ON TO ALL OF US,
Love,
Melissa and Casey. 

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