Storm & sound phobias

Common fears owners have to deal with are those of storms and fireworks. As a kid I remember when my beloved dog went missing one 4th of July and was not found for two weeks. He had run off during the fireworks, and ended up miles and miles away. I’ve known other dogs that were inconsolable during storms and wish I had known how to help them. One of the saddest things is that people believe that by comforting a dog that is afraid it will ‘reinforce’ their fear. What trainers understand now is that while comforting may not necessarily help them, it will not cause them to be more afraid when the next storm rolls through.

Listen to this podcast presented by the AVMA about sound phobiasAVMA sound phobias.

A Sileo is a new product is available through vets to help sound phobias in some dogs.

The protocol available to us to address storm phobias is fairly straight-forward but not without its challenges. Check out this blog What Happened To Summer’s Thunderstorm Phobia? to help you understand what you can do.

John Visconti describes a way to create a safe bunker for dogs during noise events.

It is worth discussing the use of anti-anxiety medications with your vet before you begin to see an increase in your dog’s sensitivity to sounds or storms. This problem can easily become worse and then more challenging to address successfully.

Storm Phobias by Karen Overall, DVM

I contributed to a downloadable ebook you can find at Help Your Dog Cope with Fireworks

Why you shouldn’t use Acepromazine a video of Dr. Karen Overall

Through A Dog’s Ear-CDs with music created to calm dogs

Clean Run-sound desensitization CDs

It’s important to do what you can to help your dog however you can. There can be negative effects to a dog’s health when they suffer through these scary events. Start with a consult with a vet or vet behaviorist.

For more information about melatonin visit these sites

Melatonin for stress

More melatonin info