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How to Keep Your Dog Calm During Thunderstorms

Spring is a time where weather can become severe quickly. Our furry friends can be more sensitive to this change and the storms that it can produce. It is not uncommon for dogs to be afraid of thunderstorms. Thunderstorms can be loud, unpredictable, and produce flashing lights and sudden changes in atmospheric pressure, which can be frightening for dogs. Here are a few tips to help a dog who is afraid of thunderstorms:

Tips for Helping Dogs with Thunderstorm Anxiety

Create a safe space

Set up a designated area in your home where your dog can go during a thunderstorm. This space should be comfortable and secure, such as a crate or a small room with minimal windows. Add familiar items like blankets, toys, and your dog’s bed to help them feel more secure.

Use calming aids

Consider using calming aids such as a Thunder-shirt, which is a snug-fitting garment that applies gentle pressure to help soothe anxiety. You can also try using pheromone diffusers or sprays, which emit calming scents that can help relax your dog. CBD is another good option but be careful of cheap brands that contain mostly fillers.


Gradually expose your dog to the sound of thunderstorms in a controlled and positive way. You can do this by playing thunderstorm sounds at a low volume and gradually increasing the volume over time. Pair the sound with positive experiences like treats or playtime to help your dog associate the sound with something positive.


During a thunderstorm, engage your dog in activities that they enjoy to distract them from the noise and lightning. This can include playing with toys, practicing basic obedience commands, or providing puzzle toys that require mental stimulation. Having a TV or radio with classical music on will also help drown out the thunder.

Consult with a veterinarian

If your dog’s fear of thunderstorms is severe and causing significant distress, consult with a veterinarian. They may be able to prescribe medication or recommend a professional dog trainer or behaviorist who can provide guidance and additional support.

Remain calm

Dogs can pick up on their owner’s emotions, so it’s important to stay calm and relaxed during a thunderstorm. Your dog may find comfort in your presence. Offer reassurance and comfort without reinforcing their fear, as this can inadvertently reinforce the anxious behavior.

Get Ready to Help Your Dog Overcome Their Fear of Thunderstorms

Overall, it is important to show kindness and patience towards your dog during a thunderstorm. By implementing these tips, you will be able to relieve your furry companion’s anxiety and help them weather the storm gracefully.

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