My border collie is scared of thunderstorms and other loud noises. He has been for years, but it hasn’t been all that big a deal until recently. He has gotten older now, and with in the past few months he has become more and more scared, sometimes to the point where he his breaking things in the house, hurting…
First what ever room he is in close the doors, windows and close the blinds and/or curtains. Turn on a TV or radio in the room with him and dim the lights. You can distract him from the noise by grooming him. This should calm him. Brush him, massage him do what he likes you to do to him, rub his belly etc. You can ask your vet for sedatives to give him when this is going on or you can give him 1 benadryal caplet (pink pills) if it is ok with your vet. This will relax him and make him fall asleep. You should not leave him alone during the weather storm. I bet he has the same problem on 4th of July.
I have a Pit/Border Collie mix and he has done the same thing for years and yes with age it gets worse. There ears/hearing are sensitive to begin with and increases with age. If my dog is outside he tries to run away. Thank God he only has 3 legs through so he is easy to catch!.
Call your vet and ask for his professional advise I may have left something out!
Good Luck and I hoped this helped! *;*
Get a recording of a thunderstorm. When the dog is nice and relaxed, maybe your playing together, start playing the recording at an incredibly low level. Keep playing with your dog while the sound is playing – keep the experience fun. Do this day after day and every so often turn the volume up just a touch. If you dog becomes distressed at a certain volume, return to a volume that he no longer reacts to. Continue at this volume for a a few days longer and then turn it up again slowly. Eventually (it could be months) you will have the recording blaring and your dog will think nothing of it!
Don’t rush the process – go as slow as your dog needs it to go!
Go to your vet, and explain the problem. Ask them about sedatives. We have a lab, and the sedatives are enough to keep him from freaking out and hurting himself but there are no really negative aftereffects of the sedation after it wears off.
We’ve had this dog for almost five years now, and before we started him on the sedatives during storms he ripped through the basement door, crunched all our doorknobs, ate the couches twice, and compulsively peed on said couches and occasionally beds while in full panic mode. With the sedatives, he stays much calmer, and doesn’t get nearly as stressed out which is awesome. 🙂
undesirable wee soul – it is going to possibly be terrible for them, seeing as they pay attention ten circumstances better than we do. I used to artwork in a kennel and that they could placed music on for the dogs for the period of thunder and fireworks they could additionally go away a mild on the place the dogs have been so the gentle from them did no longer mirror off the partitions. A vet could additionally pop out on your place and supply the dogs a delicate sedative to calm him down yet this could be a final motel. desire this facilitates, good luck honey x x
My friend allowed her vet to prescribe a mild sedative. The thing I learned, is that the sedative was only used for a short time and there was permanent relief from the fear.
I am usually against drugs for dog’s anxiety, but if the dog is in danger…. it can be a solution.
It may be that he is going deaf. . There may be neurological reason behind it. I would have a vet check his hearing before you look into sedatives, calming medications.
http://www.caninelullabies.com has a song that is soothing to stressed dogs.
My Yahoo group leader said that it is the first time her dog has ever slept through a storm.
They will let you listen to the song online. Just bring your dog into the room and see if it helps to settle him.
Check out this site http://www.thundershirt.com/?utm_medium=…
You might also look into TTouch for dogs.
Why not have your vet prescribe a mild sedative?