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Tame Your Dog's Stormy Weather Fears

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"Let's start by looking at what could be causing this extreme fear in our dogs, beyond the clapping thunder: "

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Mary T (178)
Wednesday March 14, 2012, 4:57 pm
Thanks Jae, Noted.

pam w (139)
Wednesday March 14, 2012, 5:02 pm
"Thunder vests" can help, too.

Jae A (316)
Wednesday March 14, 2012, 5:12 pm
Well I never...heard of such until now Pam W. I did a search and shor nuff...they do say that they work. Pressure of some kind helps to relax them I think was the point or am I incorrect about that ?

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 14, 2012, 5:20 pm
Noted. Do you know of any info related to those vests that I've seen on t.v.? Its some type of pressure vests for dogs. I don't know. I only had dogs when I was a kid and only have cats now. ???

aj E (164)
Wednesday March 14, 2012, 5:38 pm

Michela M (3964)
Wednesday March 14, 2012, 5:44 pm
I had a BOBTAIL some years ago. We RESCUED him from the street. He was 7 months old but already "BIG" he had several wounds because of other dogs' bites!!!!!!
His name was Plato.......(Manuela, my eldest daughter saved him - she likes Philosophy....).

As JASMINE (now 23 yrs old) was very young, he refused playing with her because HE DIDN'T WANT to HURT HER!!!!!!


kathy P (483)
Wednesday March 14, 2012, 8:51 pm
Thank you for the info. I will pass this on.

Dotti L (85)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 9:21 am
None of my dogs ever had stormy weather fears. I would hold them anyway, probably more to comfort myself.

Jae A (316)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 9:37 am
Our cats were often a bit cautious during thunder storms but held on better than I expected them to most of the time. Our current dogs ...well, any loud noise they freak..or just the closing of a micro wave door startles them to the point of jump and run about half the time. They are doing much better than when we first got them but they still have a long way to go if they're to ever get use to just every day noise plus the occassional saws/drills/nail guns sounds.

I think it's that way for lots of people Dotti but can we really be sure who it is that it comforts the or them :-) .

Tonya, Pam mentioned those also and I did do a search on the net and found several places/sites that offer info and the sale of the dog vest/shirts.

Kathy Javens (104)
Friday March 16, 2012, 8:14 am
Love this article. Thank you, Jae. Never heard of the vest. I will be sure to spread the word on this one.

Elaine Al Meqdad (283)
Friday March 16, 2012, 12:03 pm
I would worry about this one bit as if it were storming that bad , then I darn sure would not have my animal that I love like a child anywhere outside, doghouse or not, they would be inside the house not having to deal with the fright of a volatile storm or otherwise.

marie C (163)
Friday March 16, 2012, 6:22 pm
Violent storms are very rare in London UK The only one I can remember was in the 80's more common in Scotland. We do have the odd thunder storm but it usually does not last long I dread November 5th (Guy Fawkes Night fireworks) as all of my 3 dogs become very distressed also my 3 cats hide and yowl. The good news is it is only once a year. I don't know what my bull terrier would do in USA as he will not go out if it even raining. The chihuahua would brave a storm haha
Great article Jae and good news about the vests

michelle t (41)
Friday March 16, 2012, 6:53 pm
Indoors during a storm is the only place to be.Ensure all pets are inside

Ruth C (87)
Saturday March 17, 2012, 9:01 am
I always would talk to my animals, I would tell them that it was okay that nothing bad is going to happen to them then I would pet them until they fell asleep, I would never put them outside!

Jae A (316)
Saturday March 17, 2012, 11:52 am
Our cats would calm as long as we played some soothing music on the cd player kept them beside us on couch or in puter chairs. Our current dogs react to any kind of loud/semi loud/or unusal noise be they inside or outside...beautiful weather or stormy. We seldom hear any thunder here in the desert valley/foot hills but we do on occassions see lightening in the distance when storms are near our area. Most pass around us in general...why it's a desert 'they say ' ....:-) . Our two adopted dogs seem to like to stay out in the wind when it is blowing above norm even for some reason...even if it's cool out.

M B (62)
Sunday March 18, 2012, 2:03 pm
Our dachshound has no problem with thunder and lightening, but being outside I can't talk with anyone, he starts barking as soon anyone tries to talk to me, even when a car slows down, he barks. I don't know what to do ! Who can help ?
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