You already know it’s coming. When the weather report comes in about a pending storm, that part of you starts to worry.
Our normally calm and collected dogs can have anxiety when a thunderstorm rolls into town. The first thing to keep in mind is that these sorts of things are common.
They happen more often than you think.
So what do you do? Well, short of trying to give your dog some type of sleep aid to sleep through it, there are a few things you can try. Here are three of them.
Find A Safe Place
Many dogs have a safe place that they go to when they feel uncomfortable or afraid.
Some of these areas could be the basement of your home, a specific family member’s room or even their own crate or bed.
Regardless of where this area is in your home, identifying it can help to ease the anxiety and phobia that comes when the storm rolls through.
Allow your dog to find this spot and pay special attention to where this area is BEFORE that storm rolls through so you can have it set and ready to go when the time comes.
Create A Diversion
There are several ways that a thunderstorm puts a dog on high alert. Some say it’s the wind, rain, and barometric pressure.
If at all possible, you may want to try to create some type of diversion to get your dog’s mind off of what is happening outside of the home.
For example, what has worked for some dog owners is to first identify the safe place that their dog goes to. Let’s say that the safe place is a family member’s room.
Once inside the room, you can turn on the air conditioning to help drown out the noise and even turn on the television a little louder to drown out the wind and rain.
The point here is to create some type of diversion to get their mind off of it.
In fact, what you can try and do is condition them to relax in this atmosphere throughout the year.
Say for instance, that when your dog goes into that safe place you turn on the air conditioner, turn off the lights and go to sleep, hopefully, in turn, your dog will start to see it as such.
When they go in the room, hopefully, the response when the air conditioning goes on is that it’s restful and time to go to sleep.
You can ask others in your neighborhood for advice on how they handle the thunderstorm and their dogs.
You just may find that someone in your area is experiencing the same things and has some information to share with you.
If you are still in need of some help, then contact your local Veterinarian to see what kind of advice they have to offer up to you.
If you need any more advice in this area, we’d welcome an opportunity to hear from you so that we can help.
Give us a call today to see how we can help your dog overcome that anxiety.