Fear of thunderstorms is common for dogs. Similar to fireworks, which many dogs are also afraid of, the loud, unpredictable sounds and flashes of light can cause them stress and anxiety. As a pet parent, you can learn how to calm your dog during a storm.
5 Ways to Calm Your Dog During Thunderstorms
If your dog is afraid of thunderstorms, there are a few things you can try to do to help them when the storms roll in.
Create a Safe Space for Your Dog
When dogs are afraid they may want to hide somewhere they feel safe. That might be their crate, under a bed or covers, or in a closet. Consider setting them up with their dog bed and/or some blankets and giving them a treat-filled toy to try to make the event more positive.
Try a Thundershirt
Snug shirts that wrap around your dog have a calming effect for some dogs, similar to swaddling a baby.
Your dog looks to you for reassurance. Show your dog that you are calm and there is nothing to fear.
Distract Your Dog
Turn on music, the TV, or white noise to try to drown out sounds from the storm. If your dog isn’t too scared yet, try engaging them by playing a game. Reward your dog with a treat for playing and staying calm.
Consult Your Vet
Your dog’s veterinarian is a great person to talk to about your dog’s fear of thunderstorms and can provide personalized advice on how to calm your dog during a storm. They may be able to recommend anti-anxiety medications that can help your dog when nothing else seems to work.