Lots of dogs get anxious when there is thunder and lightning. Here are some tips that may help them remain calm.
- Have a stuffed Kong toy ready to go with something super yummy inside (i.e. peanut butter, ground up dog food) to serve as a distraction and soothing device during the worst of the storm.
- If your dog is comfortable in the crate, have their crate available and padded with bedding. Provide them with their favorite toy, even a shirt that smells like you can be comforting.
- Play soothing music to help distract them from the storm.
- Play games and provide them with their favorite treats to keep them busy.
- Use a “thunder shirt” for your pet. This may help them stay calm.
- Keep them inside! Storms can be scary and even pets who don’t usually leave the back yard can easily be spooked by the thunder, winds, and different weather.
Is extreme weather is expected?
- If extreme weather is expected such as hurricanes and flooding. Then it’s best to take extra precaution in case you need to evacuate. Have your pets leash/collar and crate if you travel with it, along with veterinary records just in case you do need to leave your home.
- Make sure your pet’s tags and microchips are up-to-date.
Don’t be worried about comforting or petting your dog during the storm! The old saying about not comforting a scared dog is not true. You can’t reinforce fear but you CAN make your pup feel as secure and calm as possible when scary things are going on.