Protection

So many of us can relate. Imgur user Jr023 says “My girlfriend’s dog hates thunderstorms.”

[via]







148 comments

  • April 2, 2012 3:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Carol

    A friend of mine had a 110-lb Akita that turned into a quivering mass of jello at the first drop of rain. The only place she felt safe was in the bathtub! (the dog, that is, not my friend! lol)

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • Visit site
    April 2, 2012 3:19 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Alicia

    Aww!

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • April 2, 2012 3:20 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Ady

    Thundershirt and melatonin and a safe place to lay like the closet….love the pic

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • April 2, 2012 3:20 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Terri

    My fat terrier an i say fat instead of rat lol likes to open the bathroom cupboard an cloimb in with the towels an makes a nest :) )

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • Visit site
    April 2, 2012 3:22 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Leslie

    I have a Katrina rescue, and storms are his biggest fear. Many many nights I have sat with him in the bathroom, or the closet while he shakes and pants. He has to be on me, that is the only thing that eases his stress. I dont baby him, or silly talk him during these times. I just sit there with him in my lap, leaning on me. Keeps his heart rate down and he feels more secure.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • April 2, 2012 3:24 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Stephanie

    Ignore the storm and ignore the dog. Act like everything’s normal. If you ‘comfort’ your dog you are teaching it that there is something to be scared about and encouraging it’s fear. A dog will follow your example and if you are whimpering and cuddling the dog it will think ‘Mommy/Daddy’s scared too so I’m right to be shaking/crying’. Please do not project human emotions and personalities onto your dog. It is a dog. It needs to be treated as such if you want he or she to lead a happy life.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • Visit site
    April 2, 2012 3:30 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Karen

    I’m extremely lucky as my dog doesn’t fear thunderstorms and the cats come inside to avoid the thunderstorms. Effi just lifts her head when there is a loud crack but she is calm otherwise. My friends have dogs that are afraid of thunderstorms and it is tough on the dogs and them.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • April 2, 2012 3:34 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Georgia

    Invest in the ThunderShirt. Our English Setter is terrified of the wind. We battled this for 5 yrs. we bought the ThunderShirt 2 wks ago. Worked amazingly well as we had some serious wind for the past 9 days to test it on.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • April 2, 2012 3:36 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Wendy

    Thunder shirt is the BEST item I ever bought! We have three in our house. If you buy from their site they have a 45 day money back guarantee! Well worth it in my book! I have several friends who bought it too and love it!! Best of luck to you.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • Visit site
    April 2, 2012 3:41 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    My 110 pound mastiff is terrfied of thunder. He thinks God is angry with him. Hides in the closet or on my lap and tells he has been a very good dog and doesn’t even chase cats anymore.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • Visit site
    April 2, 2012 3:42 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Steve

    Mine think a little bite of cheese is magic boomer medicine.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • April 2, 2012 3:44 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Mary Beth

    Put on the Thunder shirt. It works great.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • April 2, 2012 3:45 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Pia

    seems about right!!

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • April 2, 2012 3:50 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Dawn

    The Thundershirt!!

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • Visit site
    April 2, 2012 3:54 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Denise

    Thundershirt & rescue remedy…

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • April 2, 2012 3:56 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Marsha

    I got him a ThunderShirt [from Petco] … It works great!!! No shaking, no whinning, no being scared! They said I could return it if it did not work. It is the answer to my prayers!

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • April 2, 2012 3:57 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Rettiset

    I let them crawl under my desk…they like me to rest my feet on them…but only during a storm. I guess works like the thundervest. The weight of my feet comforts them. They dont like being under the desk any other time.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • Visit site
    April 2, 2012 4:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Bev

    thundershirt. herbal Happy Traveler. Rescue Remedy.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • April 2, 2012 4:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Susan

    Bach rescue remedy, couple of drops works, get it at any natural health store

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • Visit site
    April 2, 2012 4:24 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Louise-Annette

    One tablet of Benadryl, one tablent of melatonin. Makes my dog fall into relieved, stress-free sleep. Tried the thundershirt – may it work better for everyone else than it did for us, because it did exactly nothing.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • Visit site
    April 2, 2012 4:29 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Natasha

    I wrap my dog in compression bandages works on the same principle as the thundershirt. A lot calmer, crosses over the chest and down her ribcage. She is a lot calmer, no excessive panting or hiding, just a slight tremble if the storm is overhead. :)

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • April 2, 2012 4:45 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Karrie

    Thundershirts work awesome!!!!

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • Visit site
    April 2, 2012 4:51 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sherry

    The Thundershirt worked tremendously for our Golden Retriever Mix, Bailey. Helped reduce is anxiety quite a bit! Highly recommend it!

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • Visit site
    April 2, 2012 5:11 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Dee

    My older Schpperke has found comfort in the Thundershirt…I think it depends on the dog. Mine was worth more than the drugs he threw up.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • Visit site
    April 2, 2012 5:21 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Candice

    I sit in the couch with my JR- Shye, and I sing twinkle twinkle little star, and baa baa black sheep to her, while I stroke her, it seems to help a lot!!!

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • April 2, 2012 5:23 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lisa

    Thunder shirt!!

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • April 2, 2012 5:33 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Joyce

    We are forced to use mild tranqs on all three of our boys during thunderstorms, Fourth of July and New Years Eve. I know many people prefer holistic approach, but we have tried those and they didn’t work for us. It is much kinder, in my opinion, to have them sleepy and calm, rather than panting, drooling and hiding under me. Our boy Bandit is so terrified, he runs around looking for an escape route, and could be injured, lost or worse. So, we close up the doors and windows, shut all the curtains and blinds, and sit quietly with them all until the offending noises have ceased. We tried Thundershirt, he just chewed on it until he could get it off.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • April 2, 2012 5:38 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jan

    He either sits on my lap or hides behind the shower curtain

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • Visit site
    April 2, 2012 5:43 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sue

    Maybe a Thunder coat would help.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • Visit site
    April 2, 2012 5:48 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Elvina

    my daughter swears by the thunder shirt. She says she puts it on her and she calms right down.You can buy them at pet supply stores.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • April 2, 2012 6:21 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Melanie

    Some on here say do not pet or comfort them as it reinforces their fear. I have heard this for years, and with my three storm-fearful dogs, I ignored them as they say you should. They never got less fearful, so I started to just gently stroke them to calm them. Its works to some degree, certainly much better than 5 years of ignoring and it never getting better. So I am not really buying the “ignore them” theory anymore, even though I used to preach it!

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • April 2, 2012 6:22 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Brenda

    Whats thundershirt? Is it available in australia? My dogs terrified of thunder

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • Visit site
    April 2, 2012 6:23 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Linda

    lmao! Poor puppy…

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • April 2, 2012 6:26 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Brenda

    Can someone pls send me foto of thundershirt? What is it???

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • Visit site
    April 2, 2012 6:31 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Ellie

    We use a Thundershirt with our 80lbs Lab too. She is afraid of a lot of things and it helps her calm down just enough to be able to concentrate on us and training. We’re using behavior adjustment training, I love it cause it’s all positive reinforcement! We also put on music too when there is a storm just brought the album ‘through a dogs ear’, classical music for doggie relaxation. Puts them all to sleep (and me) every time!

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • April 2, 2012 8:25 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kelly

    @ Brenda…..Google it and if you can’t find it send me a msg and I will send you the link. I would send it to you now but I can’t from my phone.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • April 2, 2012 8:26 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Chris

    Be normal, if you act upset you’ll only ‘reassure’ them without meaning to of course, that they should be scared. Instead, I put on a loud happy movie and just provide stability, my dog constantly looks over at me during a storm for reassurance, just like a child.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • April 2, 2012 8:26 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Chris

    If you have a dog with a very bad case, they sell thunder shirts that are supposed to help and medication is available for serious cases, too.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • April 2, 2012 8:27 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Loretta

    tell her it will pass. and put her in her cage with her blanket to keep her safe.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • Visit site
    April 2, 2012 8:52 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Peter

    WHAT A GIRL!!

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • April 2, 2012 9:12 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jenessa

    My Shepherd can get pretty anxious from the sound of thunder (and fireworks) we actually generally try to not make a big deal about it and try to “act natural” as much as possible, she’s submissive, and as her “leaders”, any anxiety or overly emotional reactions from us has actually seemed to make her anxiety worse in the past, and so far, when she sees we’re calm, and do not react or change our normal behaviors, she tends to calm down too.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • Visit site
    April 2, 2012 9:14 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Emily

    I have one that hates storms, all I can do is let her follow me around or sit by me, the other dog could care less what’s going on.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • April 2, 2012 9:40 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Ronald

    My two pups hate storms, they go to window and bark like crazy

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • Visit site
    April 2, 2012 9:41 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Missy

    My sweet 14-year-old beagle used to be petrified of storms – ever since our house was struck by lightning when he was home alone – but in his old age, his hearing is not what it used to be, so I am SO grateful he can’t hear thunder any more. Poor little sweetie!

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • Visit site
    April 2, 2012 9:48 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Mike

    Thundershirt!!!

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • April 2, 2012 9:51 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Chris

    Acupuncture, herbal remedy from the vet that is right for her, put her in her crate with relaxing music on.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • Visit site
    April 2, 2012 10:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Pamela

    Thundershirt!

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply
  • Visit site
    April 3, 2012 1:55 amPosted 2 years ago
    Carine

    Tried everything. What Cleo wants is to get into my car so I just let her.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Reply

Leave your comment

Your Name: (not required)

E-Mail: (not required)

Website: (not required)

Message: (required)

Send comment