As a pet parent of dogs who absolutely HATE thunderstorms, it can be heart wrenching watching them go through the emotions of being scared, panicked, and stressed-out when storms hit. If you talk to your veterinarian, it’s likely they will prescribe sedatives or anti-anxiety medication that may or may not be effective. Instead of resorting to medication, I wanted to let you know that there are a number of alternatives you can try!
#1. Make a safe space for your kiddo’s
Designate a part of your home as a “safe space” and help your dog get comfortable there before a storm hits. Do this during calm weather so they don’t associate the space with the painful experience of a thunderstorm. Take them in there often with treats, toys or just for some belly rubs. A safe space can be created anywhere. In most cases dogs will pick a place they feel most secure for you. This may be a crate, a bathroom, a closet or a bedroom. These would be great places to set up a safe space for your dog. Just make sure they have a protected space away from outside or windows. This will prevent them from feeling that they have to protect themselves on all 360 degrees of the space.
#2. Create a chill mood in your home
When storms strike – strike back! Create a calming mood in your home by using products like a salt lamp (a decorative light carved out of pink Himalayan salt that is believed to clean the air in your home, soothe allergies, boost your mood and help you sleep) or use se a pheromone diffuser or adaptor (Adapto is a great brand).You may also try turning on some soft music, white noise or the TV. Also, try turning off the lights as artificial lights can stimulate your dog.
#3. Consider buying a thunderstorm aid
There are many products on the market designed to help dogs like mine that are affected by thunderstorms. While I don’t personally use any of these products I know other pet parents have had success with them including:
- A grounding mat– basically a carbon infused conductive padthat is plugged into the grounding port (the third bottom hole in an electrical outlet) of an electrical outlet– that grounds them to the earth, making them feel more secure.
- A thunder shirt- this is exactly what it sounds like, a t-shirt made of a lightweight, breathable fabric that clings tightly to their skin and helps them feel safe (like they are being hugged) which helps make them feel calm.
I hope you find these tips helpful – I know that they have helped my dogs! If you ever have any questions or want more tips for helping your dog, don’t hesitate to reach out to our customer service team. We are available 24/7 via phone at 866-696-1397 and live chat Monday to Saturday from 8AM to 6PM pacific.
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