There are several reasons your dog is afraid of a thunderstorm. The most obvious is noise. Even a person can flinch from a thunderclap, and a dog’s hearing is several times sharper. But why then does the pet strain even before the start of “light music”?
It’s about static electricity that builds up in the air. Some dogs can feel it through their fur and may experience an unpleasant tingling sensation long before a thunderstorm. And the pet can also get nervous due to changes in atmospheric pressure, which are typical for bad weather.
How to help. A comfortable and safe place will help to cope with the stress of a thunderstorm – and most often the dog chooses it himself. You just have to check that it is not very dusty under the bathroom or bed, and leave the treat there. And to reduce the sensitivity to thunder, you can use audio recordings – over time, the sounds of nature will become a familiar background for the dog.
Dogs fear fireworks no less than thunderstorms. The main scary factor is the same noise. In addition, the dog may smell bad or be momentarily blinded by bright flashes. It is not surprising that during the New Year holidays, the number of lost pets is growing rapidly – hearing the sounds of fireworks during a walk, they get off the leash and run wherever they look.
How to help. If you know the approximate start time for the fireworks, close all windows tightly and try to distract the pet. Treat him with a treat, take out your favorite toy, or simply have a hug session. And if the fireworks caught you on the street – hold the leash tight, but do not show anxiety.
Dogs are social animals, but they can also be afraid of new acquaintances. If fear or aggression manifests itself towards individual representatives, it is too early to worry. Such a reaction in a dog can be caused by a specific trigger – active gesticulation, tart perfume, hoarse barking … Well, or just someone is not in her taste.
But if the dog is afraid of all strangers or animals, it’s time to sound the alarm. Thus, heredity or traumatic communication experience can manifest.
How to help. You should actively engage in socializing the puppy – for example, travel often and communicate with new people, play with new objects. So he will almost certainly grow up to be inquisitive and outgoing. But with fears in adult dogs, it is better to deal with professionals. Loving owners often worsen the situation and try to protect the dog even from fictitious threats – for example, forcibly taking away from all oncoming animals. But they could become friends!
The stress of visiting a clinic consists of several stages: the road, an unusual environment, and medical manipulations. Even a healthy animal is unlikely to like fixation, probing and injections. And for a sick dog, attempts to cure it look like additional torment. She is unlikely to understand that it became easier for her after a visit to the doctor, but she will remember the pain and fear.
How to help. Train your dog for regular checkups and procedures. Check your teeth yourself, clean your ears and eyes, bathe and comb your pet. Try to visit the veterinary clinic from an early age – and not only if you have complaints. And if your dog is afraid of sounds, smells and clinic patients, try inviting a doctor at home.
Some dogs show longing for the owner rather like aggression: they gnaw furniture, bark at the whole house and mark the territory. And others simply demonstrate suffering with their whole appearance – and it is still unknown what is easier for the owner to survive.
How to help. Practice being out of the pet’s reach, such as briefly closing the door to the room. Before leaving, take your dog for a walk or exercise to reduce his activity and anxiety. And when you leave, go away. Do not be sorry or persuade your pet while standing on the doorstep.
And come back soon! You miss you too.