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Nervous about bugs
  • euphaireeuphaire
    Posts: 347
    Hi all,

    It's Kidou's first summer here since he was born in Dec 2010. He's extremely cautious, jumpy, and nervous outside lately because of the bugs. I wasn't sure until Yori pointed it out during one of my visits. Sure enough, Kidou watches mosquitoes, flies, bees cautiously with his tail down whenever we go for a walk. Can't blame him for instinctively knowing that bugs can be deadly. Unfortunately he's so cautious and bothered that he doesn't poop regularly. He just wants to go home everytime we walk.

    Is there anything I can do to help him relax? I even killed a giant bug in front of him to show him that bugs aren't so tough. That didn't help one bit.


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    Post edited by sunyata at 2013-06-06 14:48:29
  • zoezoezoezoe
    Posts: 110
    Zoey goes potty in the backyard where all the mosquitoes hang out. I'm not sure if she got bit but one night she went pretty crazy scratching herself and trying to bite the air (I don't know if she actually spotted the mosquito or not). The whole night she was scared and kept looking around for the mosquito inside the house. The next morning there were so many dried tears by her eyes.... I felt so bad. This went on for another day or two... she was scared inside the house and outside but after that she must have forgotten and she's been ok since.
  • bobc33bobc33
    Posts: 287
    Huuummmm, Shadow got stung by a bee while pooping and then immediately had an anal gland burst. Quite a double whammy for him and he was scared, paniced and bewildered. He spent the rest of the day hiding inside the house. The vet said give him benadryl which helped a little. The next morning he was fine.

    Since then he sometimes gets spooked by flies, mosquitos..... and will go into panic mode, though thankfully not to the same degree or for as long.

    Scout on the other hand tries to get every bee, flie.... she sees and never is bothered.
  • euphaireeuphaire
    Posts: 347
    I check Kidou very carefully everyday after every walk. I don't think Kidou's been ever bitten by a bug. He's just worried about them instinctively. Not so much panic. Just keeps watching intensely and not wanting to move when we're outside.
    So is there anything I can do to help him? Or it's just the way it is and I can't do much?
  • SayaSaya
    Posts: 6678
    I dunno Saya loves to kill bugs coarse that can be bad if she gets a wasp, wheelbug, or a bee.. >.<<br />
    Why is he so scared of this type of things? did he meet bugs before as a pup?

    if you tell him to get the bug will he try to get it? Maybe go on the Nihon ken side and ask about this maybe someone there might be able to help. Most people might be asleep right now.

    Maybe a thundershirt might help, DAP, or rescue remedy? I think those three things are used to calm dogs..
    Nicole, 5year old Bella(Boxer), and 4year old Saya(Shiba inu)
  • LosechLosech
    Posts: 2516
    Conker was suddenly afraid of a fly one night. Out of the blue, he wouldn't go into my room and if I dragged him in there he began to shake. He's never acted like that before, but after I removed the fly he was fine. They don't bother him anymore.

    Can you distract him with something? A really tasty treat like cheese? That might help, if he can figure out that bugs=cheese so there mustn't be much to be afraid of.
  • shibahiroshibahiro
    Posts: 977
    Hiro goes after all the bugs..flying...crawling...he wants to catch them with his mouth..and sometimes eat the ones on the floor. O_o....
  • StaticNfuzzStaticNfuzz
    Posts: 1814
    Yeah they don't always know what's good to stay away from. Most Shibas love motion and some to the point the get a little obsessed with the buzzing of the small insects, even fruit fly sized gnats. Some are little more nutty about it than others. : /
    Try distracting, however, be warned that does not always work. For the worst case dogs I got a tennis racket bug zapper to help catch the flies etc.... I go around with the dog to find any flies if one gets in the house. Distraction and focus didn't really work so I had to take it a different direction. Seems to work in the fact that they are actually working with you to solve the problem of getting the annoying flying pest. My female shiba will actually will come to get me if there is a nemesis that happens to get in the house (lol).

    Post edited by StaticNfuzz at 2011-06-07 10:48:48

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