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My 2 dogs are afraid of thunder and lightning. They always get under your feet and trip you during storms. Any Ideas? Answered

I have 2 dogs. One is a toy poodle (my sisters), and the other is a mutt. (Hound, German Shepard, and a couple of other breeds) My problem is, they are afraid of storms, particularly thunder storms, and I love them to death but they get under your feet, trip you, jump on you (it hurts when the mutt jumps on you (75lbs.) ), and they whine. I just wanted to see if anyone had an idea that would cure them if this.

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Duncanmutt
Duncanmutt

12 years ago

There's a noise-desensitization tape produced by an animal behaviorist that may help if it's the noise that bothers them. http://www.starfire-rapport.com/noiseshy.htm There's a tape for fireworks as well, if they start generalizing to other loud noises.

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dutchypoodle
dutchypoodle

12 years ago

Howdy! I'm a professional pet care worker, with four years experience. There are plenty of products available to calm dogs in these stressful situations. Homeopet makes a great product called Anxiety TFLN, which I have used on large-breed animals and small breeds, alike. If you're looking for a "magic, no effort" solution, as so many are, this is your best bet. Your vet will likely recommend Prozac or Zoloft. Please, be kind to your animals-- don't use these products, if you can avoid it. The best treatment for a weather-anxiety dog is to bring him to a windowless room, with some white noise-- a radio running a talk-show, or TV running the news. If you can keep him company, even better.