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it sounds like this reaction to your son's cough is an offshoot of the noise phobia that he has. I think the same techniques that work for thunder and other noise phobias will work for logan's cough.
For things like thunderstorms, fireworks, and other noises, some people tape the noise and play it back at lower volumes while playing with the dog and providing positive reinforcement for the dog's lack of anxiety while the noise is played at low volumes. I personally suggest paper thin hot dog slices or liver slivers. You then gradually increase the volume slowly until your dog is desensitized to the noise. You could take your son's coughing and do this to help sai get adjusted to the cough. It would also work to help him become less affected by thunder as well if you use the same technique for thunder and any other noise that bothers him.
Your vet could prescribe a medication called Acepromazine, which is a tranquilizer. You can read about this here:
Many people get Rescue Remedy to help with noise phobias. Be sure you get the kind that does NOT contain Xylitol. You can read about this here:
It may also be available in your local pet store as well. Benadryl is often used as it does tend to calm your dog. Benadryl can be given to your dog, the dose is up to 2mg per pound every 8 hours. Benadryl in not a sedative though so it won't put your dog to sleep.
Another treatment is Melatonin which you can read about below. Most health stores have this. It has been shown to work well for noise phobias.
DAP collars might help a bit as well. They produce pheromones that mimic the ones produced by a nursing mom to calm her pups. It has proven to be helpful with this problem but was used in conjunction with desensitization so it is unknown if the collar or the training was the major factor in resolving the problem. Since they use a pheromone, medication can be used as well. This may be a quick solution to the problem, so it is worth trying. Vet offices and pet stores have these for sale.
I also forgot to let you know that when you show a dog attention for unwanted behavior by massaging them, reassuring them or other attention, it encourages the behavior. Instead of reassuring your dog, put him in a crate and ignore him so he can not destroy anything. You would do this when you are not training and can not avoid the noise that is bothering him
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Great thanks Jane - I will try some of the above and see how it goes. Really appreciate the quick response!