Does your dog freak out a little during storms? Fret not, this behavior is completely normal. After all, your dog's senses are naturally thousands of times stronger than humans, making every sound and shake amplified.
Behaviors such as whining, shaking, and hiding are common reactions for a dog who is afraid or anxious during a storm.
Here are some solid tips that will have you and your pup ready to keep calm and storm on.
1. Cozy up
One of the most important things to do during a storm is to provide your dog with a space where they feel comfortable, cozy, and as safe as possible. Maybe it's in their crate with the door open, or perhaps it's in bed snuggling with you. There is something soothing about a smaller space that provides dogs a "safe haven" feeling, without feeling trapped.
2. Give me the goodies
Make sure to fill your dog's safe haven with their favorites - toys, treats, water, etc. The sense of familiarity helps them feel at home. These items can also serve as a distraction that takes their attention away from the noises and sounds of the storm.
3. Shut out the storm
Any way you can keep the storm out of sight out of mind - do it! Close doors to minimize sound and close windows so there is no visibility of what's going on outside. A little music can help too!
4. Natural calming aids
Give your dog a little extra support with the help of a natural calming aid. CBD infused treats provide anti-anxiety affects and may help your dog relax during a storm. Try Dope Dog's Calming Crunchies, human grade biscuits, packed with 6mg of CBD each.
5. Love is all you need
Ultimately, have patience and support your dog during this scary time. Do not scold or punish for abnormal behavior. Their behavior during a storm is likely due to extreme fear, not disobedience. Be sure to give positive reinforcement and lots of hugs and kisses.
Good luck pet parents!