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Dogs With Thunderstorm Phobias

Thursday, June 13, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Do you dread the forecast of a Thunderstorm? Probably not because you’re afraid of it but because you know that your dog will not go out if it’s thundering. Well there are some things that you can do. has put together some tips on this topic. Remember thunderstorm season is here!

Dogs with storm phobias can often sense when bad weather is approaching — hours before you even hear the patter of rain on the roof. They may pant or pace around the house, hide or cling to their owners. As the storm progresses, the signs can worsen: dogs may whine or salivate, have accidents indoors and resort to destroying objects in the household.

It’s not always clear what brings on the fearful behavior. It may be changes in barometric pressure, static electricity, the crack of lightning bolts or just the sound of wind and rain. Although any dog can be affected, it occurs more often in herding breeds, such as German Shepherds and Collies. Previous bad experiences with storms or loud noises may also contribute to the behavior.

Forcing fearful dogs to go out in the rain will likely make matters worse. Punishment is never a good idea either, and comforting them during the storm will simply reinforce the behavior. If you think that your dog suffers from thunderstorm phobia, it’s important to consult with your veterinarian. He can recommend behavior-modifying techniques to help reduce your dog’s anxiety. There are even special thunder coats for dogs that can help them feel more secure as storms approach. In severe cases, your veterinarian may recommend medications.

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