Summer is a lot of fun, for four-legged and two-legged playmates alike! However, just as humans need to take precautions when staying out in the sun, you need to take some precautions for the safety of your doggie companion, as well. Today, we will discuss how to help your dog survive thunderstorms, and other loud noises!
Dogs Love Unexpected, Loud Noises!
Wrong. While some dogs may be fine with thunderstorms or summer fireworks displays, there are quite a few pups who tremble and get extremely scared when loud, unexpected noises appear.
Some pet owners may know exactly why their dogs are scared of loud noises. Knowing the reason is helpful when trying to calm your dog, to avoid the source of anxiety at all, or when working with your dog to desensitize him to the noises. Unfortunately, most pet owners do not know why their dogs are so terrified, but they still have to try to calm their furry family members down or work on desensitizing.
My dog, Bailey, has always been terrified of thunderstorms. He has also been somewhat sensitive to loud noises in general, but nothing will make him more anxious than an upcoming storm. He starts this dry mouth licking sound and whiney yawning a few hours before a storm. He will also stick by my side like glue. By the time the store hits, Bailey has worked himself into a terrible mess. When thunder and lightning strike, he likes to bury himself under the couch cushions, hide under the desk in our basement (this has become such a favorite spot of his that I ended up putting a dog bed there!), or else he hides under the covers in bed. Bailey drools, trembles, pants, and whines during thunderstorms, and he only returns back to normal once he is sure the storm has passed.
To help Bailey relax during storms, I primarily use the Thundershirt. Since he likes to bury under couch cushions or bed covers, I thought the Thundershirt would be an alternative that would allow him to stay with the family. The gentle compression really does seem to help him calm down. Once in awhile, if he is too anxious, I will give him one of the tranquility dog treats. The lavender really does seem to help him! If I have enough notice that a storm is coming through the area, I will also get a pheromone calming collar.
Helping my pup get through his anxious times can be a challenge, but I hope that one day, Bailey will be able to tolerate, and maybe even enjoy, thunderstorms.
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