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    Hi everyone

    A large thunderstorm is rolling towards Perth very soon. Has anyone got any surefire ways to support my dog through it? I don't want him to be so shit scared that it affects him for the rest of his life. We had a dog like that before and if we weren't there, he would injure himself trying desperately to get away.

    Barb

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    Hi Barb...believe me the best thing you can do is NOT PICK HIM UP AND CUDDLE HIM !!!!...sorry to yell that but i reckon its very important.

    Your pup will pick up your vibe...you stress , he will stress.

    I'd turn on the TV kinda loud...sit back and relax and just chill out. Give him a 'safe spot' if he needs one....like a crate or his mat in a corner....somwhere he feels secure.

    Dont pick him up or make a big deal about it even if he's stressing. I made this mistake twice with my dogs and ended up with big dogs that stressed so much they would throw themselves at glass doors trying to get to me during storms.

    With the 2 i have now i did as i mentioned above and they both dont even flinch at the loudest crack of thunder now.

    Just have a torch handy nearby or some candles in case the power goes out during the night ..so pup knows where you are.

    Good luck...hope you ride it out safe and sound.
    Last edited by Sean; 10-24-2013 at 08:18 AM. Reason: spelling like a 4 year old.


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    Thanks Sean
    Thanks for that. Our previous dog was terrified, so like you I don't want to go through that again so I've just brought his favourite ball in, I thought we could play a game. The thunder has just started so I might get a few treats ready too. I personally love storms so I'm hoping my peaceful vibes will keep him calm.

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    Hi Barb, I agree with what Sean has said. If you are anxious your pup will pick up on it. It's just one of the many loud noises they need to learn to accept calmly.

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    That sounds positive
    Let us know how it goes!

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    Sounds good Barb...just dont give him a treat if he' freaking out...he might see it as a reward for that behaviour.

    Unfortunately its one of those 'be cruel to be kind' things. A radio or TV on to hide the noise a bit seemed to work best for us. But anything to distract him from the noise will help a lot.


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    I've been wondering about this too as we've had a few thunderstorms recently. I'd read that you shouldn't comfort them as it trains them to get more stressed next time. I love thunderstorms myself but I don't think that my normal behaviour of sitting there with the curtains open shouting 'Oooh, Weeee, Coool' everytime there is a flash of lightning is going to help either because then I'll have a dog that runs around barking like mad each time there is a storm. Has anyone tried one of the Thunderjackets?

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    My old girl has just tried a thunderjacket for her Maltese x Shitzu's major disliking of car travel.....and it has helped a bit but certainly wasn't a magic cure. I've read lotsa success stories about them though. Apparently if you wrap them correctly with just a normal bandage you can get a similar effect.


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    One of my dogs had quite bad storm phobia to the extent that she would pant and hide in tight spaces. She sort of grew out of it as she became more confident living with us but I would pop her in a crate with a towel over it before the storm started and put on some soothing music. I also got anxiety wraps much later and these helped a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Megan Tones View Post
    One of my dogs had quite bad storm phobia to the extent that she would pant and hide in tight spaces. She sort of grew out of it as she became more confident living with us but I would pop her in a crate with a towel over it before the storm started and put on some soothing music. I also got anxiety wraps much later and these helped a lot.
    Yes a couple of mine grew out of it but still like to find a dark space to lie in. One of them used to come and sit on my foot or jump up next to me on the sofa and I would put my hand on her. I didnt make a fuss just kept on reading or whatever. She found that comforting and eventually became quite relaxed about storms.

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