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Keep your pup calm through April showers
April showers bring May flowers, but when the showers are accompanied by thunder and lightning, they can also bring plenty of anxiety to your dog. Many dogs develop thunderstorm or other noise phobias, and as an owner, you must find ways to calm your dog's unique symptoms.
Dogs that have a fear of thunder or loud noises can react in a variety of different ways. The ways they react can depend on their personalities or even the different types of storm and noise. Some dogs may tremble in fear, others will pace nervously or act restless, and certain dogs will try to hide. Still others might try to run away from home, injuring themselves in the process by running into glass doors or through windows. Also keep in mind that your dog will likely be able to sense a storm and may start exhibiting symptoms even if the storm is still many miles away.
Some pets may be soothed by gentle stroking and comforting using a reassuring voice. This may be especially effective if you present the pooch with its favorite treats like
Greenies Dental Treats for Dogs. Having something to chew on may distract the dog from its fear. Some dogs simply want to be alone. Set up your pup's Dog Crate with Wooden Cover in a quiet place and stash some toys or chews inside. Some dogs enjoy being in their crate during thunderstorms because it makes them feel safe.
You can also give your pooch a natural supplement to ease its nerves during these times. Be Serene is a flower essence formula that helps dogs cope with emotional stress. Composure Liquid MAX is another good option to calm down excessively nervous or anxious pets. It is made with a number of nutrients that have been proven to have a calming effect on the central nervous system.
if your dog has more serious anxiety and exhibits symptoms like the fight/flight response, you may want to discuss certain anti-anxiety pet drugs with your veterinarian. Giving your dog medication like Acepromazine can prevent more serious injuries it may incur during moments of panic.
You should also talk to your veterinarian about possible desensitization training techniques. Some owners have success playing music with low rumbles or sounds of thunder to get their dog so used to the noise that it doesn't bother them anymore.