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Dogs and Thunder

Friday, August 19, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

dogfearA┬ácouple of nights ago, we had a severe thunderstorm here on Delmarva. One extremely loud clap of thunder actually shook our house. I have two cats and both of them were terrified and hid under the bed. Dogs also are very sensitive to loud noises especially thunder. It’s very common for a dog to be afraid of thunder but there are ways to help your dog over come his fear. One idea may be to play a CD of storm noises while doing something that he enjoys like playing with his favorite dog toy or eating his favorite treat. You have to be careful not to make the problem worse by rewarding him for his fear. It’s better to distract a whining dog then to pet him. This attention will only re-enforce this kind of behavior. If the problem is severe and behavioral training doesn’t help, have him accessed to make sure he doesn’t have a general anxiety problem. Treatment for anxiety usually involves behavior modification. If your dog is truly terrified whenever there’s a thunderstorm, ask your vet about pet medication that will calm him down.

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Crate Training — Recommended

Friday, August 19, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

UnknownIf you’re interested in crate training your dog, there are several benefits that your dog can derive from this endeavor. In todays fast paced world, crate training is strongly recommended. ┬áThere are things to keep in mind with this training. For one,crates are not meant to be permanent indoor houses for your dog. As such, your dog isn’t meant to be cooped up in his crate for long periods of time. And spending time in the crate should certainly never be used as a punishment. If your dog has done something wrong, don’t ever send him to his crate. He will only learn to associate the crate with punishment.

With dog crates, you also want to make sure you indulge in a crate that’s big enough to accommodate the dog, his water dish, his dog food, and even some of his preferred dog toys. You can make the crate more comfortable and accommodating by adding a couple of dog crate pads as well. Also keep an eye open for potential health problems in your dog. If your dog is feeling nauseous, for example, don’t confine him in his crate. This can only lead to a seriously compounded problem.

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