We haven’t had a thunderstorm in a while and I’m thankful. When it comes to dogs and thunderstorms, we have mixed reactions. Sydney doesn’t seem to notice; Rodrigo looks to me with concerned eyes and before I can speak, he’s in my lap.
Most dogs that are afraid of thunderstorms are also afraid of fireworks, gun shots, and other loud noises. Nancy Kaiser, an animal communicator, shared that “most thunderstorm fears come from past life negative influences that have been triggered somehow.” This includes fur parents making a big deal (me) when they notice that their dog is afraid (me) and opening their arms for a protective hug (me). But how can I not? He’s my baby!
A Keep the Tail Wagging follower asked me to look into tips on how to handle dogs and thunderstorms and this is what I learned…
Cal Orey, Author, shared that we can turn up the radio and television before a thunderstorm begins and act like it’s completely normal to do this; not a novelty. We don’t want to alert the dogs that something is wrong and spark their anxiety.
Marilyn Wolf, behavior consultant and trainer, recommends the following:
Rescue Remedy Pet Formula – which we give to our dogs on the Fourth of July (and the week prior)
Medication from the Vet – something that we use as a last resort, because the medication can be intense