There is a huge advantage to having a bird dog, loud noises are exciting. We had some serious storms last night and this morning. Tornado warnings all over the place including our town, a mere 6 miles away. Thankfully all we got was crazy clouds, wind, and lots and lots of rain. Some dogs would be freaking out, drooling, hiding under the bed, whining etc… ours…?
The only reason he is not completely on his back is because he saw me get up and had to see what I was doing. And Luna…
curled up under a blanket oblivious to the world. And before I got the camera she was sprawled out under the blanket.
When these two hear a loud noise, gunshot, fireworks they get excited and run to the door. And if you happen to be going outside after said noise you may as well crate them so they aren’t barking (sometimes screaming) at the door. I highly doubt had we not introduced them to birds/hunting that they would be this happy around loud noises. I am not an expert when it comes to the reasons behind storm phobias in dogs but I do know an advantage when I see one.. and to me in many ways the advantage is almost enough reason to stick with hunting dogs.
Are your dogs afraid of storms? Do you have any special routines to help them cope?