THUNDERSTORMS DON'T NEED TO BE SCARY
#1 Rule: No coddling
Our instinct to parent and nurture can take over and we end up telling a frightened dog, "it's okay". In dog language you're telling them their fear is justified.
Make it interactive
It's not time to be afraid, it's time to play or chew on a nice healthy treat. Chewing releases endorphins that help calm. Playing their favorite game can help too. Not outside obviously. Chuck It makes a fantastic line of indoor soft toys.
Drain energy prior to the storm. A tired dog won't worry about the noise as much.
Thunder jackets can help too, they should be put on before the storm or fireworks.
Do not stress. They will feel your stress.
Don't let them run and hide. Grab a 15ft lead for them to keep them from darting.
Use a leash if u need to to keep them around so the can see you are not worried about the storm.
Use obedience as another option.
Focusing on come sit and playtime.
Every dog is different you may need to try a few different tactics to keep their attention.
Lavender is a great calming oil as well. It can be diffused to relax everyone in the room.
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Calming treats, healthy chews, and fun toys can be found at a few of our favorite pet stores.