Does your dog turn into a quivering ball of fear when it storms out? Man’s Best Friend can be very brave, but he is also easily frightened. Many of our canine pals are absolutely terrified of storms. In this article from Westside Animal Hospital, a Savannah, GA vet offers tips on helping Fido cope with bad weather.
Doggy-calming shirts can help keep our canine friends calm when they are frightened. Just be sure to get the right size.
Desensitization training can be quite useful for soothing doggy phobias. Get an app or CD that mimics the sound of storms, and play it for your pup on sunny days. Over the course of several weeks, turn up the volume bit by bit.
The jury is still out on this one, but some people suggest running an unscented dryer sheet over your pup’s fur. This may help to keep static electricity from building up in your pet’s coat. This may be one reason dogs don’t like storms.
There are now quite a few products on the market that can help soothe nervous pooches, such as treats, collars, chews, and sprays. Ask your vet for advice on using them.
Crate training can be very helpful here. Before the storm starts, put Fido in his crate or a quiet back room with comfy bedding. Give him a puzzle toy, such as a Kong toy, to keep him occupied.
It’s possible that dogs are scared of storms because of sub-sonic sounds that we can’t hear. Turning a TV or radio on to mask the sound of the storm may also help.
If you know it’s going to storm later, walk your furry buddy before the weather gets bad. You may also want to tire your pooch out with a vigorous game of Fetch or Tag. If Fido is tired, he’ll naturally be a bit calmer and sleepier.
We know, you can’t always be home when you want to. But, whenever it’s possible, try to be home before the storm starts. Your four-legged friend will be comforted by your presence. Plus, you won’t have to drive through it!
Please contact Westside Animal Hospital, your Savannah, GA pet hospital, with any questions or concerns about your canine companion. We offer the best veterinary care around!