Rate Your Dog’s Fear of Thunder..........
Is your dog’s fear of thunderstorms affecting his or her life? Is it affecting yours? Are you worried only for your dog when storm warnings flash across your phone? If thunderstorms are affecting your dog negatively, learn how to prevent and stop fear of thunderstorms with these simple tips from the experts at Appalachian Dog Training, LLC.
Be honest and rate your dog’s fear of thunder:
A- doesn’t notice a storm
B- mildly agitated but goes about eating, sleeping, playing
C- significantly affected by pacing, panting, drooling, vocalization, hiding
D- fear of many noises such as fireworks, gunfire, tools, construction
Dogs in the A and B category can be helped with PREVENTIVE training methods. If your dog is in this category, you will have the greatest impact on him or her now. Waiting, or ignoring the early signs of fear of thunder will not make it stop, decrease or go away. Acting with behavioral tips and training can halt and reverse the early signs of fear of thunder.
PREVENTING Fear of Thunder
TREATING Fear of Thunder
Dogs rated in the C and D categories benefit from behavioral treatments. Progress is possible at any age, do not despair.
Treatment may include pharmaceuticals in cases where the dog is self-harming or in cases of extreme anxiety. You must work closely with your veterinarian for this type of treatment, as behavioral protocols (training) must be adhered to and adjustment of type and dose of RX medication must be closely monitored by you and your veterinarian.
Medication is not a requirement, and you may find significant affects from homeopathic treatments such as Rescue Remedy, DAP Dog Appeasing Pheromones, and the anti-anxiety wrap known as the Thundershirt.
Katie Weibel, Master Dog Trainer. Providing training for companion, service and working dogs, sharing knowledge and expertise.