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Storm phobias are one of the most common behavioral problems dog owners face, but their cause is not entirely clear. Behaviorists are not yet sure what part of the storm frightens dogs most, whether they're reacting to lightning flashes, the sound of thunder, wind blowing around the house, or the sound of rain on the roof. Some dogs even start to pace and whine half an hour or more before a storm. They may be reacting to a sudden drop in air pressure or the electrical charge of the air.
Your best bet for helping your dog overcome his thunderstorm fears is to talk to your veterinarian. They can prescribe an anti-anxiety medication to help your dog remain calm during storms. You can also make sure your dog has a warm, safe "den" to retreat to when the weather gets too scary. You can try padding a crate with blankets or clearing a space underneath your bed. Just make sure it is somewhere your dog can get out of whenever he wants. A panicked dog can do a lot of damage to his crate and himself if he's confined.
Other alternatives you might consider are the Thunder Shirt and Composure Pro. The Thunder Shirt is like a hug for your dog and allows most dogs to help them ride out storms calmly and contently. Composure Pro is a unique, veterinarian approved calming supplement for pets upset by environmental changes or stressors. Composure Pro is also for dogs with generally anxious, nervous, or hyperactive personalities.
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