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Unread 09-22-2009, 02:05 PM   #1
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We've had Sadie a couple months now and with the mornings getting colder I turned on the furnace yesterday.
Sadie now refuses to come into the living room and sometimes won't even come in the house but barks and whines if I shut the door.
Do you think she'll just get used to it or is there something I can do to help her?

Its a wall mount gas furnace and I assume its the fan that kicks in that is scaring her.
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When I first turned on my wall mount furnace and the fan cut in, most of my dogs would not even walk past when the fan was blowing. Now they sit in front of it with their ears blowing in the breeze. It just took them a while to get used to it. When it got cold and they realized how nice and warm it was, they all moved in front of it.

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That's what I'm hoping Sadie does. But I guess if she wants to spend her time in the kitchen alone, that's up to her.
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Here's hoping she will get used to it. They must wonder what it's all about. I'm sure she will soon want to join you....no fun being on your own. LOL
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Try to coax her into the living room with treats, then sit down by her until she finds the noise will not harm her. Talk softly to her and hand a treat and praise her for being a good girl.

If you must put a leash on do so and bring her in to work with her, it is the noise, dogs do need to get used to noises of all kinds. Otherwise they can become cowards to fireworks, Vacumns, guns, cars back fire, etc. They can turn to become some agressive thinking they are defending themselves to the loud noises.

We have a shooting range down the road I have taken some to and we also shoot a loud BeBe gun at the black birds here, so the pups get so used to loud noises they pay no attention. Make them part of her life growing up and being at your home of pleasure and love.
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I hope she gets used to it and I am sure she will.
Teddy used to be affraid of ours, until he realised that it makes him feel warm. He doesn't go to close but close enough.
It'll all pan out, don't worry.
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Thank you all. I'm sure she'll get accustomed to it. It just surprised me as to how afraid she was.
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Reading this thread reminded me.. it's funny the everyday things you take for granted that must seem frightening to a dog. Chessie used to be terrified of popcorn made in the microwave oven. She would stand clear across the room and bark at it. I think she thought she made it stop because when it beeped when the popping was done, she would come back into the kitchen the very picture of confidence and stare it down.
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Our cat is afraid of the exhaust fan in the bathroom. Her litter box & feeding bowls are in the bathroom. We don't use it very much but if she's in there when it's on she takes off. I have since seen her looking to the ceiling in case we turn it on.

I think the best idea is to get her used to it gradually. Put it on while she's in another room with the door closed. Open the door if she's not taking any notice & coax her into the room.
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