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Lilly’s Latest Noise Phobia

In an attempt to make the pre-holiday cleaning bonanza last as long as possible, I began using a squeegee on our glass doors after each shower. To me, that daily minute trumps the eons it takes to battle well-water residue later. While I try really hard not to squeak the darn thing, Lilly hates the sliding noise just as much. She barks. Ginko barks, and suddenly everyone in the house knows Mommy is out of the shower.

I cannot imagine what that sliding noise sounds like to Lilly. Is it like a whisper that freaks her out? Maybe it’s a pitch that just unsettles her, like fingernails on a chalkboard?

I suppose I could counter-condition the sound in a non-shower scenario … since it’s way too cold to dilly-dally in a real situation, but I’m not sure it’s an actual fear as much as it is just Lilly’s way of acknowledging the sound.

Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

Elayne - January 29, 2010

I think you have to pick your battles and that one doesn’t sound so bad. I wonder if it’s a high pitched sound beyond the human range and it hurts her ears. High pitched noises, like the whine of a digital camera, send Cody into barking fits.

Sam - January 28, 2010

Don’t know about you, but I’ll almost always take a barky response over a full-out fearful response!

Maybe over time they’ll realize that squeegee = mommy’s coming back? Kinda like when Marge hears my laptop close and knows that it’s MargeTime again for her..

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