Stormy weather with loud thunder, rain and wind can initiate all sorts of undesirable behaviors in your dog. When the tempest brews, does your dog exhibit any of these symptoms – excessive panting, trembling, hiding, pacing, vocalizing, or being destructive?
However, stormy weather doesn’t have to mean your pup can’t pull her poor old self together. Take a look at these solutions that can help even the most timid dogs cope:
1. Thundershirts. For many of our clients, the gentle pressure of Thundershirts can calm and give relief in stressful situations.
2. Desensitization. Playing recordings of thunderstorms quietly for your dog can help desensitize her. Every few days, play the recording a little louder. Reassure your dog with a routine that might comfort, like going to his kennel or bed.
3. Short term medicines. When you know a storm is predicted or brewing, a short-acting sedative can bring your pet quick relief.
4. Longer term anti-anxiety medicines. If it’s the season for storms, you may want to consider anti-anxiety meds for a month or so rather than administering sedatives every day or two. With this sort of medicine, you won’t worry about not being home when a storm hits.
Don’t let these stormy weather blues blind any hope you had or drive you mad. Before you start singing the blues about the next storm, give us a call, and let’s talk about what’s best for your pupster. And don’t worry, you both will walk in the sun once more.