- Don’t leave your dog outside. Provide a safe hiding spot inside the house, such as a quiet room with the curtains drawn.
- Anything that reduces storm noise, such as ear covers or background noise, can help.
- Don’t worry about “rewarding fear” by comforting your dog. It’s not possible to make a fear worse by trying to help your dog cope better. If your dog responses well to strokes or body contact, keep it up to help your dog this way.
Does your animal get super nervous during a storm? Storm phobia or anxiety is a very common problem, particularly in dogs. Phobias are an exaggerated irrational response to something that is often not dangerous. Storm phobias are often initially triggered by loud thunder. Affected animals become sensitised and start reacting to earlier signs that predict a storm, such as a change in barometric pressure. Storm phobias often lead to many problem behaviours. Mildly affected dogs may tremble, hide or pace, whereas more severely affected patients may bark or try to escape and even injure themselves in the process. What should I do with my anxious dog during a storm?