Tuesday, April 6, 2010

scaredy cat boo boos

I thought I'd write a bit about what Bailey is scared/afraid of. He's definitely afraid of fireworks. The first time that happened, he hid behind the sofa and would not come out. And if he came out, he would hide in his crate and not move until the next morning. It's not as bad as it used to be, but he still doesn't like to be outside when there are fireworks. Bailey was also afraid of his after-neuter cone. Bailey's also very territorial/scared/?!?!? with certain moving items. He doesn't like trash bags that are blowing in the wind, blow dryers, big piles of dirt covered by a tarp, vacuums, brooms, dusters, RC cars, etc.

As far as health issues go....Bailey has been generally very healthy. We had one bout of tapeworm when he was less than 3 months old. That was cured by one pill. But... the site of that was horrendous. I remember seeing them in his poop one morning, and freaking out. I read about it on the internet before the vet opened up for that day, and checked his bedding. There were little white granules of what looked to be rice (but were actually dead worms that crawled out of his butt hole). I vacuumed them up immediately and tossed the bag away. Tapeworms are contracted via fleas that feed on tapeworm larvae. He definitely got this from the breeder, and has been fine ever since that magical pill that was delivered by the vet via a yummy meatball.


Bri said...

haha. Sammy is terrified of hair dryers and vacuums, too! He must chase anything that moves tho. When I vacuum he stays between me and the vacuum as to protect me from the evil. At least he doesn't bark anymore. BUT the hair dryer! Oh dear, I have all but given up blow drying my hair! Has anything helped Bailey to get over it? I'm all out of ideas for my scaredy cat corgi!

Karen and Bailey said...

Hm, for the vacuum weve found one thing that works. You send your corgi on a walk with a neighbor or a roomate, and you'll be amazed at how much vaccuming u can get done... lol.... ok well seriously hmmm... there are a couple things that have worked for us to lessen the "nerves" around the vacuum. 1. keep the corgi on a leash, and if he barks, i tug to correct him. 2. generously toss treats at the corgi while vacuuming (this actually works wonders with the hair dryer). As of now, bailey still barks initially, but after a few barks, he will just PACE and PACE and PACE throughout the house like a nervous wreck, but he wont attack the vacuum anymore. i really dont get it!!