Several storms have already hit the country this year. We went straight from Ciara to Dennis and Ellen and there are more storms planned. Most owners get a bit scared when the storms arrive, will everything remain standing and hanging? And is everything going well with the four-legged friend? We would like to give you some tips to get through the storms together!
After all, there is nothing abnormal about a dog being afraid of storms and thunderstorms. However, it is certainly not impossible to make it more bearable for your dog. Just gather everything you need and beat the storm.
Be the opposite
A dog senses the feelings of its owner like no other. When you panic, your dog will sense this and the chances of your dog panicking are also a lot greater. Therefore, make it clear that the thunder and storm make you cold. At the same time, make sure you don't give your dog extreme attention. Dogs sense when something is not right. Show complete confidence but keep attention at normal levels.
It is extremely important that you let your dog go his own way. Dogs often naturally seek out a covered shelter, because their survival instinct tells them to protect themselves. It is therefore always a good idea to put a blanket over the crate or basket, or move your dog's basket under the (kitchen) table until the storm has passed.
Do you have a brave dog? Beautiful! Just provide a little distraction, this is often enough to overcome the fear. For example, a game, running around the sofa or a new bone is often sufficient. This way you shift the dog's attention and focus, and he will soon feel more secure.
Together you are stronger
Not only owners, but also dogs are relaxed from a good massage. Dogs often enjoy it when you stroke the hair on the back of their necks with circular movements or gently stroke their legs. A good hug often does a lot of good. Always try to ensure that you do not leave your four-legged friend at home alone when things are going crazy outside. A storm can upset your dog and without your trusted energy things can get worse.
Don't be angry if your dog pees in the house or breaks something out of fright. At those moments, the survival instinct takes over completely. In these situations you can introduce your dog and teach him to deal with external stimuli such as flashes of light and loud bangs.
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