5 Ways to Comfort Dogs Who Are Afraid of Thunderstorms

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Thunderstorms occur most commonly during the summer months. For many dogs, thunderstorms are a terrifying event, and they will exhibit “Thunder Phobia”, or simply a fear of thunderstorms. This fright can cause a variety of behaviors which include but are not limited to hiding under furniture or in small enclosed areas, excessive barking, howling, or whining, pacing, trembling, and sometimes even destructive behavior or “acting out” which may seem out of character for your dog.

There are a variety of things that can be done to calm your dog during a thunderstorm. Here are 5 ways to ease your dog during this type of severe weather:  

1) Stay with your dog.

Nothing comforts your pet more than you! During thunderstorms or other severe weather, staying close by your pet, or even holding them can calm them immensely. Give them lots of belly rubs and affection to take their mind of the scary weather.  

2) Play, play, play!

Keeping your dog busy will help keep his mind off what is going on outside. Use this time to play games your pet enjoys or even work on training exercises with treats to occupy them.

3) Drown it out.

Ever hear that expression “what they don’t know won’t hurt them”? This applies to dogs too! Play calming music or sounds that will drown out the Thunder. If your dog has a favorite TV or radio program, put that on.

4) Provide a safe place for your dog.

Make sure your dog is comfortable and safe. Have an area for them to retreat to like a bed or a crate. If you want you can cover your pet with a blanket so they feel more protected. If using a crate, leave the door open so your pup doesn’t feel trapped inside.

5) Anxiety relief products.

There are many products on the market today which do wonders for anxiety in pets. One such product is the Thundershirt, which is designed to fit your pet snugly to give your dog the feeling of being hugged and comforted.

Thunderstorms in the forecast? Fear not! With these tips in mind a thunderstorm day will become just another day for you and your pet.

 

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