The nightmare comes when the thunderstorm comes. Your dog becomes anxious before the rain begins. Then he becomes more and more agitated. He starts shaking and running from one side of the house to the other. Or he hides under the table or under the bed, quivering worse and worse.
Usually, dogs are scared of loud sounds and the flash of thunders and they can smell the storm before starting.
How could you recognize a dog scared of thunder:
- tail down
- wide eyes
- shaking from all the bones
- ears back
- chaotic run
How to calm your dog during the thunderstorm
Fortunately, you can help your dog to ease the fear during the storm. Here are five simple steps to keep your dog feeling safe:
1. Turn on the music
You can calm your dog's fear of thunder and rain by simply turning the music on so that it covers outside noises.
Any source of sound that cancels the storm's sounds will reduce your dog's anxiety and even forget about it. If you know that your dog enjoys a specific song or type of music just turn it on.
You can even try with TV or white noise. Some vets say that classical music works perfectly for scared pets.
2. Be calm and lovely
Your presence calms your dog.
Our behavior and attitude play a big part in calming your doggo. So, the secret is to be calm, relaxed, and lovely to show him that everything is fine.
It's important to distract your pet's attention with cuddles or games. Play fetch or some indoor games that you know your pup enjoys.
During the storm try not to leave your dog alone. It's very important that your dog feels your presence all storm long. Act normal like nothing is happening.
3. Create a Save Haven
When dogs are scared, they run where they feel the safest – in or under the bed, under the table, etc. That's why is important to make a safe place for your dog during a storm.
A safe haven can be any place your dog feels safe. This place may be your room with some blankets and favorite toys or even treats. Any soundproof room you know your dog feels comfortable and relax can be a perfectly safe haven.
Also, it is recommended to pull the curtains so that your pup doesn't see the flashes of lightning.
4. Train your dog to get used to thunder sounds
Getting your dog used to the sound of storms by playing a recording of thunderstorms very low while eating or playing is a long-term remedy to his anxiety. Don't forget to always reward him with a treat as reward.
After a few weeks with short sessions and slowly increasing the volume, you'll see a difference in your dog's behavior during storms.
5. Ask your vet for help
Is important that your vet knows about your dog's anxiety of storms. They can give you specific medications highly safe and effective to calm your friend during thunderstorms.
Speaking of medications, I made a research and one of the most effective drug for dog's anxiety is CBD. What is CBD? CBD is medical marijuana used in many states in USA for people that are suffering from different medical issues. But, it is proved that CBD works for pets, and especially for relieving stress in dogs, too. It is known to increase the levels of serotonin in the brain.
To sum it up, we must protect our dogs from thunderstorm anxiety and, fortunately, there are ways to decrease their stress. If we leave them unsupervised there might be unfortunate situations. Many dogs died from storm anxiety.
Protect your friend as much as you can!
On the next article! Paws & love! 🐾