What to do if your dog is afraid of storms
Maybe it sounds funny, but some dogs are afraid of storms, especially of thundering. I know from my personal experience, because my dog is one of them. Storm phobia is rare, but it is something that you should solve. Veterinarians still don’t know what is triggering that fear, but many of them suspect that a combination of thunder, lightning, static pressure, wind and lightening are the main reason. Some veterinarians even claim that dogs can experience pain, before a storm, due to static buildup.
In order to help your dog, you will have to practice with him to settle on command. Use a leash and try to make him lay down at your feet. You will have to make this his routine, so practice often and when there is no storm. When a storm happens, say to him ’’come here and lay down here’’. If you did a good job, your dog will know what to do. This should calm him until the storm passes. Also, should let him inside a house or provide him some safe place where he can go during the storm. It can be a basement or a dog house (it should have a small door), or any place where your dog can get in freely. If you must call him or allow him to get in, it can be stressful.
One trick that I use is preparing my dog for the storm. You can put a CD with storm sounds and play at low levels. Gradually increase the volume over a few months, until your dog can handle it well. If he starts panicking at some point, turn off the stereo and try the next day.