Gree Gree is spooked. We have houseguests for the week, a first for her. She likes them, but she isn't used to sounds of other people coming from strange rooms. And the man whistles a lot. We don't whistle. They have lab, who she also likes.
But the biggest problem is that Mr. Guest and Hubby just re-screened her porch - she was born here and her litter lived on that porch from about 4 weeks old, and she still sleeps there. In other words, she's lived on that porch all her life (all 8 months of it!) and now it's different. It had plastic screen, then none, and now it's metal screen. I'm sure it sounds different in there to her. I was at work when they did it, but I'm guessing they didn't notice she was spooking to the staple gun or hammering/sawing going on. So she was out in the yard when I got home and acted like a frightened colt when I tried to coax her onto the porch.
She will come in the porch now (she'll do anything for treats!), she's just super vigilant, alert to every sound, ears back. Same in the house. Glomms onto Steve's lap or mine. She loves to play with Boogie, and she'll follow him around, even on the porch, but she still has that edginess. I clicked erect ears (confident pose) with yummy treats last night and that helped, and I've been flinging handfuls of kibble on the floor of the porch and she eagerly snuffles around for them. We had a thunderstorm last night, and I made sure thunder was not causing the spookiness - she was uneasy, but it didn't seem to correlate to the storm - I had her doing tricks and eating treats during the worst of it.
So anyway, we're doing O.K.,and everyone is under threat of death to coddle her when she's acting goofy, and we praise and treat her when she forgets and is acting normal. And it's pretty much "open bar" on the porch. But in case any of you has a gem of wisdom to add for damage control here, it would be GREATLY appreciated!!
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This may sound bad but I've seen it work so I'm going to throw the suggestion out. Sometimes the best cure for spookiness is to act like nothing has happened vs choosing to coddle. Dogs respond to coddling, don't get me wrong, but that coddling is just as abnormal as the schedule disruption/visitors were. Acting like everything is ok, the routine is the same and that you don't see her being spooked can work better than coddling. You know your dog better than I do so if you don't think that would work then take the advice with a grain of salt.

Tara
This may sound bad but I've seen it work so I'm going to throw the suggestion out. Sometimes the best cure for spookiness is to act like nothing has happened vs choosing to coddle.()

I'll second that e(motion).
It may not be a cure (time will usually handle that), but coddling may actually reinforce it.

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Sometimes the best cure for spookiness is to act like nothing has happened vs choosing to coddle.

I'll second that, but I think that's what Susan is already doing, though her wording doesn't make this clear: "So anyway, we're doing O.K.,and everyone is under threat of death to coddle her when she's acting goofy, and we praise and treat her when she forgets and is acting normal."
I think that she's threatening everyone if they coddle her when she's acting goofy.
This seems to be the best course of action, so I have no other suggestions.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Sometimes the best cure for spookiness is to act like nothing has happened vs choosing to coddle.

I'll second that, but I think that's what Susan is already doing, though her wording doesn't make this clear: "So ... her when she's acting goofy. This seems to be the best course of action, so I have no other suggestions.

Ahh, I misread it. Thanks.

Tara
Ahh, I misread it. Thanks.

So did I, on first read. On RE-read, I think Matt's right; I think Susan meant everyone's NOT to coddle her if she's being spooky. And I third or fourth the opinion that it's the correct way to handle it.
I think Susan meant everyone's NOT to coddle her if she's being spooky. And I third or fourth the opinion that it's the correct way to handle it.

Yes, that's what I meant. But thanks for reinforcing the point for Steve (compulsive coddler).
I put her in a crate when we left for dinner, and she's fine right now. So I think I'll do the crate tonight again.
Thanks.
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This may sound bad but I've seen it work so I'm going to throw the suggestion out. Sometimes the best cure for spookiness is to act like nothing has happened vs choosing to coddle.

I go one step further - I cheerlead. I'd get all excited and happy whenever I took her on the porch, telling her "good girl!"
They look to us for cues. If you coddle, you're telling the dog, "Yes, there is a reason to be afraid, poor baby." If you cheerlead, you're telling the dog, "Not only is there nothing to fear, but this is a GOOD thing!"

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This may sound bad but I've seen it work so ... to act like nothing has happened vs choosing to coddle.

I go one step further - I cheerlead. I'd get all excited and happywhenever I took her on the porch, ... baby." If you cheerlead, you're tellingthe dog, "Not only is there nothing to fear, but this is a GOOD thing!"

I could see that working with some dogs. With others it wouldn't. Its just as abnormal to them as whatever's got them spooked already. Plus with some dogs they wouldn't know what in the world got you so excited. One of my dogs would raise her eyebrows and look at me like my loose screw finally fell all the way out.

Tara