It's not just the sound of thunder that scares your dog during a storm. Unfamiliar noises like rain, wind and thunder can certainly upset your dog. Dogs can also feel the changing atmospheric pressure, and static electricity can build up in their fur. There are many ways to learn how to calm dogs during a thunderstorm; you just have to find the one that works for your pooch.
Dogs who are scared of thunder or storms may show their anxieties in a variety of ways. The most common signs of stress in dogs include whining, pacing back and forth, barking, hiding or even urinating on the floor. If you notice these signs, you should try to help calm your pet and make him feel better.
Depending on the level of your dog's anxiety, you may need to try a few different methods when learning how to calm dogs during thunderstorms. Likewise, a method that works for one dog may not work for another.
How To Calm Dogs During A Thunderstorm
Static electricity from the air builds up in your dog's fur during a thunderstorm. Your dog may receive repetitive shocks during a storm, which will scare them and cause anxiety. You can use a dryer sheet to remove the static from your pet's coat.
Rub a dryer sheet through your dog's coat if you know a thunderstorm is coming. They are specifically made to reduce static in clothing, and they are just as effective on your dog's coat. If you're worried about the chemicals that dryer sheets are made with, spray water on your dog and rub that through his coat instead.
Another easy way to help calm your dog during a thunderstorm is by using an anxiety vest or wrap. You can purchase commercial products, but they can be pricey. Plus, you don't know for sure if they'll work for your dog.
I made a video recently that shows how to make an easy DIY dog anxiety wrap. I make it with an elastic bandage. It's cheap, and it only takes about 5 minutes to make.
If it is the noise from a thunderstorm that bothers your dog (which is most often the case), try using a background noise to help reduce or silence the sound of the thunder. It's been proven in studies that dogs enjoy music, and some sounds can specifically help to calm them down.
White-noise machines work by playing soft noises or sounds that drown out noises from outside, which is perfect in this case. You could also play music for dogs from any device with internet access. There are many sights, videos and mp3 downloads available that are made specifically to calm canines.
When a thunderstorm hits, provide a safe space for your Fido, offer comfort and distractions during the storm and (most importantly) stay with him. Try some of these solutions for how to calm a dog during a thunderstorm, and eventually you'll find something that will help your pet.
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