It’s a stormy day in the south! We are so fortunate in that our dogs are not unreasonably afraid of thunderstorms. But don’t worry! They are carefully monitoring the situation from the front window and are ready to take shelter, if needed!
If you dog is afraid of thunder make sure to read this info from © 2010. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). All Rights Reserved:
Try the following strategies to reduce your dog’s anxiety during storms. For dogs with mild thunderstorm phobia, these tricks may get rid of the problem entirely.
- Let your dog take refuge inside. Storms aren’t as loud and scary with four walls around you! Bringing your dog into the house also ensures that he won’t try to escape from the yard.
- Having some human company often calms panicked dogs. If your calm, quiet touch brings him comfort or if he comes to you for security, it’s perfectly fine to pet and reassure him.
- Try turning on some calming music, a TV or radio, or a fan to muffle storm noises. Shutting the drapes may help if lightning also frightens your dog.
- More active distractions may help, too. See if your dog will eat from a food-filled toy, such as a stuffed Kong, scatter treats in the house for him to find, or try playing tug or fetch with his favorite toy.