My little Maggs is inconsolable during a storm, this is the way we got her because she ran away from her previous home. Our cat is frightened as well which is a little unusual.
Maybe you should try out the Thundershirts, I have a couple of Sparkfriends that swear by them, in actual fact I'm thinking of one for Maggs myself. You must put them on before the thunder starts though, so I suppose you have to in part keep an eye on your dogs and the weather report.
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One of our rescues had a problem with being frightened of everything!! I took one fear at a time and kept showing her it wouldn't hurt her and it has really worked. When we go out without them, the TV or radio stay on. IT is amazing the changes we have had in just a year. Of course the other rescue isn't afraid of anything and she may have helped with calming her buddy down.
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Thanks all for you support. I have tried a Thundershirt on Bentley because he gets himself so worked up but I couldn't get the right fit small was too small and all the velcro was exposed. With Bentleys long but very fine hair it just tangled in it and scratched his skin. The Medium size was too large to get a tight fit. Fortunately he is the only dog that get so upset. The other 4 just hide under the bed. Lorraine PS I just posted his picture.
As long as you have electricity, turn your TV or radio on, loud! The constant background noise will help drown out some of the wind and minor crashing. Nothing will help with the really loud stuff, like thunder, of course. And if the wind is whistling through your door, either wedge a cloth in the cracks or tape over them. Masking tape will not prevent you from opening the door in an emergency, but may aid your pets' trauma.
Loraine, I feel for you. My collie Radar fears the same things. Stormy nights can be very long. I put a Thunder shirt on, close the drapes and set up the soft crate by my bed so he can go in if he chooses to. Does it help? Maybe some. You just have to keep trying different things until you discover what works for your dog. When you find something let us know. Good luck. Wliberty
Hi Lorraine, I hope things have calmed down with the weather for you. Where are you located? Daytona hates thunder, but never did until he got older. He is so nervous during storms. Baby Star is deaf, so NOTHING bothers her..haha..she can sleep though anything! Baxter is good during storms. I know some dogs a actually have scripts for anti anxiety meds when it is severe. Keep us posted. XOXO, Jojo
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Last spring I sold my upstairs condo and purchased a single family house. So me and the dogs have been experiencing a lot of first in the new house. Well, last night was the first night of extremely strong, gusty winds. They said that the winds would get up to 50-60 miles an hour this weekend. My dogs all sleep in my bedroom with me. Most of the time they all don't make a ruckus but last night they were very restless. Things were crashing against the house and the wind was howling. Poor Bentley was a wreck because the front door was making a loud howling noise. He was shaking the same way he does then the hears fireworks and gun shots. I really felt bad leaving this morning. At least it is Friday and I can be home on the weekend for him. Lorraine
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