Crash! Bang! Lots of dogs don’t really love loud, unpredictable sounds that they don’t understand. Thunderstorms and fireworks tend to be at the top of the list for doggie anxiety triggers. Your dog may pant, tremble, and generally try to hide, often long before the storm arrives.
There’s no mistaking the signs that your dog is uncomfortable, if not outright terrified, of the thunder, lightning, howling winds, and pouring rain. And although people know the storm will pass, it seems pets may not be able to move past their present fear.
So what can you do for a dog that is afraid of thunderstorms? Here are three suggestions on how you can make your pup more comfortable and less anxious during a thunderstorm.
1) Wrap your dog in a Thundershirt
Thundershirts feature soft fabric and secure Velcro closures that snug around your pup for added comfort and security. The feeling of tightness holds your dog close and prevents the fur from picking up static electricity during the storm.
2) Provide a cozy place for your pet to bunker down.
Sometimes the best thing you can do is give your pup a safe place to lie down and ride out the storm. Look for a space with few or no windows such as a hallway or small laundry area. Pile up some blankets, towels, or pillows to make a bit of a doggie fortress where your pet can lie down in a fairly enclosed space if desired. The closeness helps to provide comfort and getting away from the windows at least removes the lightning from the equation.
3) Encourage a calmer mood with doggie stress relief drops
Natural pet care treatments can greatly help in calming your pooch. The natural formula of Rescue Remedy contains five key essences to soothe your dog. The droplets offer stress relief in a variety of situations from thunderstorms to car rides and more.
One key idea to keep in mind is not to coddle your pet when the storms come. It’s okay to comfort them, pet your dog and spend time together, but don’t make the storm out to be a huge deal. Try to avoid saying, “it’s okay,” and other phrases that acknowledge the power of the storm. When you keep your calm, your dog will be a bit calmer, too.