Question by  sauvblanc (96)

How can I comfort my dog in a thunderstorm?


Answer by  dblake (96)

My dog isn't fan, either. Sometimes we'll sit on the covered porch during a thunderstorm - it provides company (and therefore comfort) and proves that there's nothing to worry about. Over time she's become more calm when they occur. Good luck!


Answer by  Dontbugme (697)

Your dog's reaction to storms comes from their ability to sense changes in barometric pressure. Your vet should be able to provide you with a tranquilizer to be used during storms. If you don't have the meds, about the only thing you can do is to stay with them, preferably away from the loud thunder.


Answer by  kirstym8428 (23)

Comforting a dog during a thunderstorm will just make it more fearful. Comforting is giving the dog praise for being scared. If the dog is not too scared then ignore panic behaviours and give praise or comfort if it seems relaxed. Try giving the dog a chew/toy. If the behavior is much more serious then consult a trainer/behaviourist.


Answer by  pancakequeen (127)

Make sure the dog is in a place that it finds comfortable. It is a good idea to restrict movement and to keep the dog company. If a dog won't stop barking, put him in a kennel or enclosed space and turn off the light. Dogs calm down if they feel safe.


Answer by  Latin4 (11170)

Dogs hate thunderstorms and usually hide somewhere in the house. They can detect a storm before it hits. Let your dog hide as long as you know where he is. The trauma of having him on your lap would be more devestating, since his instinct is to hide in or under something.

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