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We adopted our Jack Russell a little over 2 yrs ago. Up until 6 months ago she has been welcoming us when we come home, sitting with us when we watch TV and interacting with the family. Now we cannot get her to come out of her cage.

Sudden loud noises such as gun shots and thunder make her shake and run for cover.
She also has a thyroid problem which she takes 0.2 mg of soloxine (levothyroxine sodium) prescription from our vet.

What could be wrong with her?

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Dec 24, 2013
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Jack now scared of noises
by: James

Somehow you need to get your pup to associate being social with good things. Sometimes this is easier said than done, but here are a few things you can try. Invest in a Thundershirt. The theory of them is that they wrap your dog like you would swaddle a crying baby – they do feel comforted. If you can’t get one right away, try a tight fitting child’s shirt, just make sure it fits snugly). Then find an extra yummy treat –really yummy–and something that she doesn’t normally get (boiled chicken, string cheese, or liver). At first just take the treat and sit just outside her bed with the treat in your hand and let her come to you, then feed by hand calmly. After a little while, go a little further out from the door and again, let her come to you – this way it’s her idea. Outside of her bed should be the only place she gets this yummy treat so she begins to relate the two. Time and patience will win out with this. Also, I would check with the vet to see about increasing or decreasing the dosage of meds, maybe that plays a part. And you may want to consider taking a dog obedience class when things start improving at home so that you help build up her confidence and socialization. And if all this doesn't help, it couldn't hurt to talk to a specially trained pet behaviorist who can help you get over this hump.

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