- Vocalization - whining, barking, howling
- Drooling or Vomiting
- Excessive yawning
- Many dog owners like to take their dog's collar off when they are in the house. If this is you, make an exception today and put your dog's collar back on. But first, check your dog’s tags and make sure they are up to date and attached securely. Missing Dogs Massachusetts reports in 2017, they processed 538 lost dog forms. Of those 538 missing dogs, 304 were not wearing ID tags!! If they are missing, stores like Petco have machines where you can create an ID tag in 10 minutes. If you can’t get to a store to make a new tag get out a Sharpe maker and write your phone number on your dog’s collar.
- If your dog is micro chipped and in a data base registry, make sure all your contact information is up to date with current contact information.
- If your dog is micro chipped and you have never registered your dog’s ID number…now is a great time to do so.
- Set up a Zen space for your dog with low lighting, use a crate if they are accustoming to it.
- Try a pheromone collar or plug-in by Adaptil.
- Apply essential lavender oil rubbed behind the ears, but be sure it is a human grade essential oil.
- Play relaxation music or use a white noise machine or fan to create a noise canceling effect.
- If you can’t create a Zen space for your dog, close open windows, turn on AC play music or the TV as a distraction.
- Wear your dog out before the storms arrive, so that they can sleep through the scary part.
- Give your dog some fun activities to busy their mind. Puzzle toys and other food dispensing toys can be purchased at many local pet supply stores, or on line at Chewy or Amazon such as the following can often offer a full meal to a dog:
Buster Food Cube
Tux Treat Toy
Star Mark Bob-a-Lot
Pet Safe Premier Busy Buddy Kibble Nibble
Pet Safe Busy Buddy Magic Mushroom
Busy Buddy Tug-A-Jug
Busy Buddy Squirrel Dude
Busy Buddy Twist ‘n Treat
Atomic Treat Ball
IQ Treat Ball
Omega Paw Tricky Treat Ball
Ethical Contempo Tessa
9. Consider trying the Anxiety Wrap or Ace Bandage Wrap or Storm Defender or ThunderShirt. They all work in relatively the same manner but there are some subtle nuances, here is a comparison of the ThunderShirt vs the Anxiety Wrap
10. And if all else fails, consider taking your dog and going away over night to an area where there are no thunder storms.
About the Author
Lee Desmarais is a Karen Pryor Academy Professional Dog Training graduate who has over 20 years’ experience dog training. Lee uses only positive based training approaches, that are scientifically proven techniques. Lee adheres to the Hierarchy of Dog Needs principles and believes that the use of fear, intimidation or coercion is not necessary if you have good training skills.
Photo credit to model Mercy, she owns the heart of of this author.