Updated: May 5, 2020
It’s that time of year! April showers bring May flowers, which means we can expect thunderstorm season to begin again as well. The only problem is that we don’t always know when there is going to be a rainstorm, thunderstorm, tornado, or hurricane and neither do our Frenchies. This article will provide you with 4 tips to help you calm your pup during the coming storm season
1.Keep your pet inside: Some pets try to escape by clawing through the screen door or break through a window to run away. In these circumstances, pets can potentially seriously injure themselves. So if there is a storm or you know one is coming, try to be home with your dog.
If you can’t, then ask a friend who the dog knows to be home with them. This will help calm them down knowing they won’t be alone, it will also help you keep an eye on them to make sure they aren’t being destructive or trying to escape
2.Keeping a Calm enviorment:A strong way to help your dog stay calm during a storm is to be there for them and show them you care. A common myth is that you would reward anxious behavior by comforting them. An anxious dog has a hard time learning due to being overstimulated and extremely emotional, comforting your dog is a way to destress them, it will not reward any poor behavior caused by fear. Most dogs that do suffer from a fear of storms often suffer from other forms of anxiety, such as separation anxiety, social anxiety, and canine noise aversion. (fear of loud noises like fireworks, celebrations, vacuum cleaners, and smoke detectors) so pay close attention to other things that may make them on edge or show symptoms of distress.
3.Distract Them:A good way to distract your dog from the loud storm noises is to play with them. Find their favorite toys and/or play your favorite game of hiding and seek to help take their mind off the storm that is happening around them.
If you have another pet that doesn't have storm phobia, be sure to include them in the playtime.
4.CBD/Hemp Treats: CBD is becoming a fast-growing aid for many different symptoms that come along with a dog aging or their mental health. It is making the quality of life significantly better for certain dogs facing problems that otherwise would either not be able to be healed or that would cost way too much to fix.
CBD itself is a compound of the hemp plant that is called Cannabidiol and is known as one of the cannabinoid compounds. These compounds are what you might find in medical marijuana but CBD itself is the main component of the medical aspect. CBD contains less than .03% THC when properly produced and this is important because that amount is nontoxic to dogs.
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