Does your otherwise calm, controlled canine become frantic and overwhelmed with fear at the onset of a thunderstorm? Two of mine do. One of my dogs is so laid back I believe nothing will ever faze her; however, my middle and most ferocious dog will turn into a quaking mess, and the mere hint of a rumble of thunder makes my eldest one suffer a panic attack making her seek refuge behind the sofa.
Does any of the above sound familiar? Never mind, we at the DSPCA have some helpful advice.
First of all, any dog can develop the fear factor when it comes to loud noises but it’s more prevalent in older dogs as they tend to become distressed with each successive season. That’s why we advise working to allay their fears as soon as you notice nervous behavior. If, however, an otherwise healthy adult dog suddenly becomes fearful of storms, take him to the vet. He may be ill and may be more sensitive to sounds and no amount of behavioral therapy will help if your animal’s fear is medically based.