I have no idea how she became so fearful, but she freaks out! It doesn't even have to rumble loudly. It can just be a heavy downpour. She woke me up last night whining and trying to get into rooms where she KNOWS she's not allowed, and spaces where she just cannot fit without knocking stuff over. In the past, we tried to comfort her by allowing her to jump in bed with us (to no avail, she still wouldn't settle down even if we were holding her ~ yeah, I know. Way too huge for coddling!) Lately I have taken Ceasar Milan's advice and ignored this behavior, or at least sternly told her "No. Go lay down." Still doesn't work. We usually end up putting her in her crate and have to lock her in there until the storm is over. She settles down, not even whining. Why doesn't she just head for her "safe place" when she gets scared instead of freaking out? I feel like I am punishing her when I have to lock her in.Answer Question
I am under the impression that there is no way to fix this problem because the dogs feel the drop in barometric pressure which causes them discomfort, almost the same way as people who have arthritis can "feel" the humidity in their joints. Some dogs will actually do serious damage to themselves and/or furniture trying to get away from the storm. If she's safe in her crate, don't feel bad about putting her there.
Answer by haberdasher at 9:59 PM on Mar. 7, 2009
Answer by ap9902 at 10:49 PM on Mar. 7, 2009
I sure do understand your concern - giving some Valerian may help your dog: very safe and natural - here is a source / anxiety and pets/
here is a source about the usage of Valerian with any kind of anxiety...
Answer by nuvetmarie at 12:53 PM on Mar. 8, 2009
Answer by PSMother at 1:32 PM on Mar. 8, 2009
Answer by doglovergranny at 4:50 PM on Mar. 8, 2009
Answer by debbie533 at 5:51 PM on Mar. 9, 2009
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