Dogs & Thunder

Need to know all about Dogs Thunderstorm Anxiety? Most dogs are afraid of thunders (storm phobia); read and share your experience regarding Dogs & Thunder and help other dog lovers during a thunderstorm.

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June 28, 2010 | By Mary T. | 1

My dog is a “wreck” during thunderstorms. If home alone, she makes the house a wreck, too. What’s the solution?

Mary T.
RogerSegelken

July 12, 2010

A: For some dogs who hate thunderstorms, a combination of desensitization to loud noises and medication for anxiety helps. However, thunderstorm phobias are among the toughest problems faced by behaviorists (and dogs). Normally dogs “habituate,” le… more ›

March 7, 2009 | By Kelsey S. | 23

Last spring, my Annie decided that thunderstorms were terrifying. This came when she was six years old and with little history of the fear (she never liked being outside in thunder, but was perfectly fine inside). I was hoping she would forget her … more ›

Kelsey S.
Ganggang
ganggang

March 7, 2009

A: Your vet might help. They can give her something to calm her down.

October 7, 2008 | By Anonymous | 6

My dog Stoney, barks at thunder when a storm passes thru. Also he loves to bark at airplanes when they fly by. I don't really know why he does this.

Anonymous
Sarah  W.
Roxymimi

October 7, 2008

A: My Dog doesn't do this but I can imagine it happening. what my German Shepherd does is Howl at Ambulances and bark at the UPS and mail men. Your dog could be Scared or trying to challenge the object. I would look it up on the internet.

July 3, 2009 | By sara b. | 9

my dog is just terrified ofthunder storms what to do?

sara b.
jackie
doogzo7

July 3, 2009

A: MY ONE DOG IS TERRIFIED i TRY TO HOLD AND COMFORT HER i TURN THE STEREO ON TO DROWN OUT THE SOUND OF THE STORM iF i KNOW iM GONNA BE AT WORK i SOMETIMES GIVE HER, HER BENEDRYL TO HELP TAKE THE EDGE OFF

July 17, 2008 | By Donna P. | 9

My 10 year old Bichon is so scared of thunder that he starts to get out of breath, pants and shakes from 15 minutes prior to a storm and this last for hours after it is over. I try to offer him snacks and comfort him but nothing helps. I am affraid h… more ›

Donna P.
Mandyspuppypalace
mandyspuppypalace

July 17, 2008

A: My advice is talk to another vet. My little dog gets so upset he throws up. He was badly mistreated before we got him and I think he was left out in thunderstorms, he is very afraid. My vet gave him a tranquilizer that I only use for that. It doesnt … more ›

June 3, 2008 | By Pokeepsycheryl | 12

At the moment he hears thunder, he begins pacing the house, shaking and eventually ends up in the closet or under the bed. Is there anything I can do to prevent his fear? I've heard Benedryl works, but I want to be sure this is true before i give h… more ›

pskrha

June 12, 2008

A: Benadryl should be safe and hopefully it will work. We have a dachshund who hs gotten actual panic attacks (hyperventilation, pounding heart...) during storms her whole life. Our vet eventually prescribed a tiny dose of valium for her to take as soo… more ›

April 3, 2008 | By michelle b. | 5

She shakes and pants from the first rumble. And is very clingy before the thunder starts. What can I do to help calm her or to relieve her anxiety.

Jill R.
DocJill

April 3, 2008

A: Some people use Rescue Remedy as a natural calming agent. If that isn't helpful, you can speak to your vet for a prescription sedative. I had a dog that would become very upset with storms too. I would try to get her mind off it by turning up t… more ›

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March 7, 2009 | By Robin W. | 0

We had some thunder and lightening last night. Ever since my dog was about 8 years old she has gotten really nervous when there is a thunderstorm. She looks for places to hide, shakes, pants and wants to be close to, if not on top of us. I took he… more ›

February 11, 2009 | By Ric O. | 0

Well the first real storm of the new year rumbled through last night. I don't know about others, but almost all my dogs hate this time of year. The thunder and lightning terrify them, and if not in the house they will attempt to go over the fence and… more ›

March 8, 2009 | By Anna | 1

Poor little Zoe gets totally freaked out about thunder now. A few years ago I was out with the dogs in my back yard and someone set of some M80's that were so loud my neighbor came running outside because he thought something blew up. Ever since th… more ›

October 15, 2008 | By Sue R. | 2

A lot of dogs are afraid of thunder but she has a strange way of "dealing" with it. She hides in my walk-in shower. This is a two person shower and she burries her face in the corner. I would think it would sound louder with the tile and glass blo… more ›

October 6, 2008 | By Nelson M. | 2

Lightning storms and heavy rain are beautiful... I find them romantic for some crazy reason, but it's just the different colors in the sky which forms an ominous backdrop for the cityscape that compels me to watch in wonder... but then there's the do… more ›

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