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Dogs and Thunder

Friday, August 19, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

dogfearA couple 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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