Chinese New year in china, where letting off of fire crackers is a tradition and will goes on for 15days. During this period Teddy our female chow chow, will be traumatized by the sound of firework and the the bangs of the crackers. Even low decibel firework sound will deter her from leaving the house even for her all important daily walk. I am seeing some improvement this year, she no longer runs and hides under chairs or bed. This is her 3rd trying years.
The most amazing thing is that our 2nd chow a 1.1/2 year old male does not exhibits any loud sound phobia. High decibel fire crackers sound does not deter him from this outdoor venture. He does not exhibits any sign of anxiety or fear during his daily walk. Sniffing bushes and dustbins even when fire crackers is being left off nearby. He amuses me and other passer-by when he sits down and watch a firework display.
At night if he sees a firework lighting up the sky he will runs to the window and perch on it to enjoy the view. This is one crazy dog, that I am still trying to fathom his character. He gives the vacuum cleaner a wide berth—is the sound or the moving vacuum head that makes him apprehensive?
Today is the 10th day of the Chinese new year festive period, and for the past 10 days I have to do a double walk. Instead of bringing both of my dogs for a walk at the same time,I can only walk with Santa our fearless male after dinner and bring Teddy out very late in the night when there is not more sound of firecrackers. Double walk is fine as I take it as an extra exercise, However during this period the outside temperature is –20deg C, this make it very uncomfortable.
For my lovely companions, I am not complaining, as I sympathize with the trauma that Teddy is going through during this period.