Right now we are having a huge mosquito problem here. Bad enough that it is littlerly making the news. We had flooding here last week and just live in that tropical climate where they breed and they are HUGE right now, really it's unbelievable. To top it off there are numerous cases of west nile virus found in the mosquitos tested. All of the stores are sold out of any kind of repellent. Fortunately I have some already. To help things I bought one of those electronic bug zappers yesterday. Otherwise the mosquitos congregate at the door by the light and when the dogs want to go out or come in they all come in with the.
If you don't already know, Lady is my greyhound adopted from the race track. She is very skitish and was obviously abused. She has been slowly, very slowly, getting much better. She will come up to you to be petted now and won't jump and run at every little noise, etc. Except.....the bug zapper. She is scared to death of it and now she doesn't want to go outside. Of all my dogs she is the one who constantly wants to go out and lay in the grass, etc. Now she won't even go out to potty. I had to drag her out this morning and I know that's not good. I just don't know what else to do. I feel the zapper is needed because of the diseases the mosquitos carry. It doesn't hum or anything, but apparently she was outside when it zapped a bug and it freaked her out.
Please, I need some ideas, suggestions before this gets any worse.
is it possible that the track she was at that she suffered the abuse had a bug zapper? I think that would be my concern, can you unplugg it when she is outside or she she is coming and going from the house? Maybe have one of those switches they make for christmas trees.
I doubt they had bug zappers at the track, but I know there were abusive. She is scared of everything. I can turn it off, we wired it into a switch. But, the mosquitoes are so bad if they go out (yes they go in and out as they please) and the zapper isn't on they will be covered in mosquitoes. Now, I know mosquitoes cause heartworms, and they are definately on preventative, but it can't be good for them.
Also, what about Isis? She is too young to start the heartworm preventative yet. Her vet appointment is one week from today and if I remember correctly (and I could be totally wrong) I didn't think they started the heartworm preventative until they were around 6 months old. Do I have that wrong? In the mean time is she safe from heartworms? Do they carry any of mom's resistance? And I don't even know if mom was on heartworm preventative. I know she didn't have heartworms, but I don't know if she was on a preventative.
Does she have any treats that she is especially fond of? If so, I would try de-sensitizing her to the noise. Bring her out and then praise her and reward her when she calms down. Then, take a few steps towards it, sit her and when she calms reward her again. Keep practicing this until she is close to it and no longer shows a reaction. She needs to associate something good with the bug zapper. Food and praise and patience is the key.
I can't imagine what you are going through. Personally, I spray my entire yard with Yard Guard (2 cans). We have musquitoes bad too, but not as bad as you do. The Yard Guard works for about 4 hours or so, but it gets expensive buying cans all the time.
-Also every time it zaps, give her a small treat (or a peice of her food) that way she associates good with it. Simple behavior therapy or whatever you want to call it. (I was a psychology major in college)
What track did you get her from? Sometimes I think Jake was abused too. He can be such a knucklehead sometimes!
---QUESTION: is there anything for animals that we can put on them so they don't get bitten by mosquitoes???????? Just a thought. Jake does have all that heartworm and whatever stuff, forgot the name, I'm pretty fried from work right now....
Gina- my thought could be that she was abused by something that would shock or make the zap noise as the bug zapper does. they make "tennis racket" bug zappers now. (my younger brother has one and whenever he comes to visit brings it with him to zap his big sister (me) with it -- that's what happens when mom and dad wait to have kids 8 years apart!)
anyways, it looks just like a tennis racket and the netting on it is the part that zaps the bugs. (or in this case - me!! - lol) but they could have used it on lady and that could be why she is scared of it.
Good luck with teaching her not to be afraid of it. And "petting" the bug zapper is a good idea, shows here that it is not going to hurt anyone.
Gina are you in Florida? That's where I am and the mosquitos are ridiculous. I was told there is something that is non harmful to dogs that you can put in your grass that is supposed to keep mosquitos from breeding and kill the ones that are around. I can't remember the name but someone told me you can look in the lawn department at walmart or home depot
Thanks for all the suggestions. Although I must admit I started laughing at the thought of petting the zapper, lol. It is a good idea though.
I will try all the suggestions. I have it as far from the house as I can get it, but she doesn't even want to step out the door. Usually she's the first one begging to go in and out all the time.
The proverbial light bulb went off when I read that she might have been abused with something that made that noise. That would certainly explain the extreme behavior.
I adopted her from the Corpus Christi Greyhound Racetrack. I've talked to people who have worked security there and they told me that the handlers treat the dogs like crap unless the owner is around. I figured out right away she had been abused somehow, but I never would have guessed an electric type shock, but it makes sense now.
I have sprayed the grass with mosquito/bug killer, twice but it doesn't work. They are just everywhere and I live directly across the street from a very large park.
All the stores are sold out of mosquito repellent, really. They have signs up saying a new shipment will be in over the weekend. I grabbed the last zapper at Lowe's after checking Home Depot, Walmart, etc. It is so bad, even during the day.
I went to the grocery store this afternoon and just unloading the car, which is parked in the garage, I got bit all over my legs.
Poor Lady, if my smoke alarm or burgular alarm system ever go off she will probably faint on the spot. They are LOUD!
Funny, but Lady isn't a big treat eater. The other dogs will come running and sit at my feet if I say "treat" but Lady will just go lay down. I will call her over and she'll come get it, but she doesn't get all excited like the others. She thrives on praise however, and that is a good thing.
I have all my dogs on Sentinel and I sprayed the yard for mosquitos and other bugs. I know the mosquito sprays don't prevent heartworms, I'm just worried about the mosquitos and the diseases they carry.