That's what they are in Pan's version.
We were outside for a little bit today, me tending to my terribly overgrown and weedy garden, and Pan just hanging about, poking her nose where it does not belong. She comes charging at me, tail tucked between her legs, air snapping, turning around and going after imaginary things on her body. Turns out they weren't all imaginary. I yanked two yellow jackets off her, one from her thigh and the other from her chest. Even after they were gone, she was spooked, turning around to look for more of the evil critters. I told her that she was fine, and took her inside to call the vet, give her a little Benadryl and to see if she needed to be iced down.
I wanted to make sure that she wasn't going to stay spooked, and I needed to take some pictures of my garden anyway, so we went back out a few minutes later. After the first few minutes, she was fine, and I caught her staring down a groundhog (she's useless at crittering). At the moment, she's lying at my feet, snoring away, her tail thumping on the ground. At least she's not being chased by elephant sized killer bees in her dreams.
Suja
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That's what they are in Pan's version. At the moment, she's lying at my feet, snoring away, her tail thumping on the ground. At least she's not being chased by elephant sized killer bees in her dreams.

Poor Pan! She's lucky (and so are you!) that she wasn't swarmed by the yellow jackets! Glad she got over it!
Chile, my Chihuahua, is spooked by houseflies. If one meanders into the room, she makes a beeline (so to speak) for the bed and dives under the covers. I don't know where this came from - perhaps we created it accidentally by chasing them with flyswatters. Flies don't seem to bother the other dogs.
FurPaw

"In a sense, we are hallucinating all the time.
What we call normal vision is our selecting the
hallucination that best fits reality."
- V. S. Ramachandran
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Chile, my Chihuahua, is spooked by houseflies. If one meanders into the room, she makes a beeline (so to speak) for the bed and dives under the covers.

Chile needs Khan for a personal fly swatter. He gets very focused on them and is very, very good about catching them mid-flight. Yes, he eats them too.
Suja
That's what they are in Pan's version. At the moment, ... being chased by elephant sized killer bees in her dreams.

Poor Pan! She's lucky (and so are you!) that she wasn't swarmed by the yellow jackets! Glad she got over ... - perhaps we created it accidentally by chasing them with flyswatters. Flies don't seem to bother the other dogs. FurPaw

My 11 month-old boxer saw me swat a fly once and it tramatized her for a couple of hours. It startled her, and I guess she didn't really see the fly and thought I was threatening her with it or something. She ran downstairs to the basement, peed on the floor, and hid under a table. When I went down to check on her, she kind of "air snapped" at me. It was really of odd because no one has ever hit this dog with anything, or even yelled at her AFAIK. So now I send her outside first if I'm going to swat a fly, and I've told the rest of the family to not use a flyswatter when she's around.
Bob
Chile, my Chihuahua, is spooked by houseflies. If one meanders ... to speak) for the bed and dives under the covers.

Chile needs Khan for a personal fly swatter. He gets very focused on them and is very, very good about catching them mid-flight. Yes, he eats them too.

Yes, she does! Oppie also gets very focused on flies and snaps at them, but he never manages to catch one.
FurPaw

"In a sense, we are hallucinating all the time.
What we call normal vision is our selecting the
hallucination that best fits reality."
- V. S. Ramachandran
To reply, unleash the dog
My 11 month-old boxer saw me swat a fly once and it tramatized her for a couple of hours. It ... to swat a fly, and I've told the rest of the family to not use a flyswatter when she's around.

that's quite a reaction! i think an air snap indicates that there's a problem that needs to be addressed. i've had similar reactions to noise and movement though not with any sort of snapping with my Boxer. she was frightened by fly swatting and any sort of sudden, loud noises, to the point that she'd lose control of her bladder and bowels. avoiding doing certain things around her would have been in some ways the easiest solution, but i didn't think it was satisfactory. i can't control other people's behavior 100% of the time, so i can't guarantee that she won't be put in a frightening position by the innocent actions of other people.what i ended up doing was turning it into a game. i started with a new fly swatter (used ones are filthy and gross), leaving it out in plain view 24/7. while we were playing (always making a fun game out of it was very important!), i'd stop and pick up the fly swatter and gently run it over her back. when she'd start to act worried, i'd hide the fly swatter behind my back and laugh at her. that way, she'd go back into happy-game-playing mode. after she got comfortable with being touched on the back with it, i'd touch her legs with it, then her head, etc.

after she was comfortable just being around it and having it touch her, i progressed to gently swatting different surfaces with it. gradually, i built up to a full-fledged whack. i worked in tiny increments (15 seconds, then 30, then 45, etc.) over the course of a week or two. it's a slow process, but it means i don't have to worry about her getting freaked out and possibly biting someone because they whacked a fly in her presence.

now, instead of being afraid of the fly swatter, she gets excited and wants to participate in the "let's kill the flying bug" game. that presents it's own set of difficulties, but i'm happy to deal with them.

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Yup. One of my Chi's was like that too. Houseflies would send him scurrying behind my mother's chair to hide until someone killed the fly and actually showed him the dead carcass in a papertowel. Only then would he come out from behind the chair. Of course, he was also afraid of whipped cream and Jello too.
ChihuahuaCuddler.."Mom" to "Casey the Incorrigible" Chihuahua
Sorry to hear about your fly swatter problems. You might try using an electric fly swatter rather than the old fashioned kind. I just swat the flies in the air, no need to smack then against anything. I was in a hardware store 3 years ago and bought one on a whim. It works great and is fun to use, and they are relatively inexpensive. It looks like a tennis racquet but the faces are wire mesh and of course is battery operated... the batteries last forever. Works on the bug zapper principle. I just discovered they are still available on the web and I'm going to get another one. If mine broke I'd cry, I really love it. I just wish the wires were weaved smaller to zap mosquitos easier.

I did a google search on "electric fly swatter" and and I found pages and pages of sellers. I highly recommend this product.

http://www.softwareandstuff.com/h misc superflyzap.html
... I just discovered they are still available on the web and I'm going to get another one. If mine broke I'd cry, I really love it. I just wish the wires were weaved smaller to zap mosquitos easier.

I'm replying to my own post... on looking closer at the latest models, I can see they are weaved closer. I'm a happy camper, gonna buy 2 new ones for me!
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