Hot, humid conditions in summer months can often lead to the occasional thunderstorm. Calm and loving pets can be transformed by these storms into destructive, nervous wrecks.
A combination of wind, thunder, and lightning, pressure changes and static can all result in a stressed out pooch. They may pace around the house, pant, become excessively clingy, hide behind furniture, claw at walls and doors, chew, whine or bark. If your pet is affected by storms there are some things you can do to make that time less stressful.
- Replace fear with something positive. Play fetch, reward with treats, and pet them so that they are distracted.
- When the weather turns, put them on a short lead and encourage calm behaviour by asking them to sit or lay down beside you – in doing so give them a reward whether it be attention or a tasty treat.
- Most dogs like to hide and find a spot in which they feel safe. Try to allow access to where your pet wants to go within reason, or create a ‘den’ in corners, open crates or under beds.
- You can try to desensitise dogs by playing a CD of storm sounds at a quiet level, whilst playing or giving small treats. Gradually increase the sound over several months.
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