Storms can be a terrifying experience for many dogs, regardless of their age or breed. Consider that many humans are afraid of major storms, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that our dogs are too. Big, loud thunder, heavy rainfall, powerful winds… all of these are things could easily frighten even the most stoic of canines.
So how can we help our dogs feel more comfortable during a storm? There are a few different things we can try.
Provide a Secure Shelter
Dogs naturally enjoy having a shelter to call their own, such as a crate. Although many people find crating difficult, if taught correctly most dogs absolutely love going into their crates and may even do so on their own to hide from a stressful situation. A crate will give your dog somewhere to feel safe and secure – a sheltering den from the heavy storm.
Make sure the crate isn’t too big as your dog might not feel confined enough, but not so small that your dog feels cramped. Considering filling it with blankets, toys and any of your dog’s favorite items. Dogs instinctively want to hide when something frightening is happening, so offering your dog a crate is the perfect solution and can definitely help ease their anxiety.