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How to Handle Your Dog's Fear Of Thunderstorm and Fireworks | The Doggy World

How To Handle Your Dog’s Fear Of Thunderstorms and Fireworks

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thunderstormFear of fireworks or thunderstorms is common in dogs, and tends to get worse as they age. But for some dogs it can be a severe problem.

Because of their sensitive sense of hearing, many dogs become overwhelmed by sudden loud noises.

Some breeds may be predisposed to a fear of storms. Collies, German Shepherds, Beagles, and Basset Hounds seem to be more disposed to storm phobias than other dogs are.

Also, dogs who had separation anxiety were more likely to have this kind of phobia.

During a thunderstorm, try not to be tense. Stay upbeat and act like as if you actually like the noise. The dog will pick up on your emotions and body language, so try to make them confident.

Some dogs can be gradually desensitized to scary sounds. The key to effective desensitization is careful progression and patience. Between regular training session, a previously desensitized level of recorded thunder or firework may play for extended periods for added benefit, especially at times associated with play activities or eating.

Start the soundtrack very quietly at first, gradually turning up the volume as the dog tolerates the sounds without showing any anxiety.

Consequently, during desensitization, dogs may be permitted to move around the room, but are not permitted to run off or hide. Efforts to hide or escape are prevented by keeping the dog on a leash or other restraint as necessary.

In extreme cases of sound sensitivity, veterinarians will sometimes prescribe calming medication to be administered during stressful times or in conjunction with a gradual desensitization program.

This is an example of a soundtrack for desensitization: Thunderstorm

Veterinarians and dog trainers also recommend the Thundershirt Dog Anxiety Treatment

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