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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Dog's Afraid of Thunderstorms ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Dog's Afraid of Thunderstorms
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Date: 6/3/09 8:35 AM

So we just adopted a German Shepherd from the local rescue -- we named her Addie. She was a stray. Her foster told me she was afraid of thunderstorms (poor thing was probably out in them) but I didn't get to experience it until last night.

I would've slept through the storm -- it really wasn't that bad. But she woke me up at 1am, pawing at our mattress and trying to jump on the bed. (She's only about 60 pounds, so thankfully she can't jump up on it by herself.) So we went out to the living room (I was trying not to disturb DH) and I sat on the floor and loved on her. The storm started to subside -- the rain let up and the thunder stopped, but there was still some occasional lightening. I tried to go back to bed.

She wouldn't let me. She kept pawing at the mattresses.

So I thought, OK, I'll sleep on the sofa. I tried to put her in a "down" on the floor next to the sofa, but she tried to jump up on the sofa with me.

The patient pack leader tried gallantly to make her lay down and stay, but she wouldn't do it. At my wits' end, I put her in her crate and went back to bed. (Her crate isn't in our bedroom. We let her sleep in our room at night and only crate her when we leave the house.) But I'm pretty sure that makes me a bad doggy-mommy. The dog didn't seem overtly upset -- no crying or cringing or trying to hide -- she was just nervous and kept trying to get on furniture she knows she isn't allowed on.

So what should the wise pack leader do next time? We've only had her about a month, but I'm pretty sure she sees me as the pack leader. I do all that Cesar Milan stuff. I always eat something in front of her before I feed her, I make her sit before she gets anything (food, toys, etc), I make her sit and let me walk through doors first...and she generally listens to me. She sits really well, and just the other day when I fed her, she sat without having to be told the second I turned around with her bowl. She also just started walking in a perfect heel with no command from me whatsoever. (She wasn't pulling on her leash and walking me before, but she was walking out in front of me, and I hadn't even started to teach her to heel yet.) She follows me everywhere and just wants to be nearby.

I don't want to be a bad doggy-mommy, and I get that she's scared and had a traumatic experience when she was a stray. But after a few minutes it felt like she was just taking advantage of my sympathy to get the attention and to try to get me to let her on the furniture.

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Date: 6/3/09 8:50 AM

Oh, this *so* reminds me of 'Marley and Me'!!

ETA: I have no great advice for you-- I so wish I did. You sound like a wonderful 'Alpha Dog' for your new-found friend, and I hope all goes well!
-- Edited on 6/3/09 8:51 AM --

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Date: 6/3/09 8:56 AM

The crate is the best place for her when she is afraid.

Many dogs seek out enclosed spaces when they are afraid. When I first adopted my dog, I could never understand why I would find him in the closet or under the bed when there was a thunderstorm...a trainer explained that he was looking for a small, enclosed space...like a den.

Also, if she gets at all worked up during a storm, the crate is the best place for her because it will keep her from hurting herself or tearing up anything in the house.

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Date: 6/3/09 8:59 AM

Gosh, do I know this story! I have a stray collie adopted from the pound. Shortly after we adopted her, DH took her for a walk in the neighborhood. The local high school was setting off fireworks for their homecoming festivities. Sara took off. We didn't see her for hours and then found her, with bloody footprints, leading to a bush in our front yard. She was under it, with footpads that had been worn off from running so much and bleeding heavily.

That was about eight years ago, and we moved away, more to where people hunt with rifles. Any time she hears a rifle going off in the woods, she takes off for home; no matter where she is. And thunderstorms are no exception. She'll try to get her body in the little well in my desk area, or try to hide under the bed. I have a friend who has a Border Collie and he's the same way; they got their dog as a puppy with no history.

And I think you're a good doggy-mommy; at least you know who's going to be the pack leader (Cesar Milan is my hero!) But to curb Sara's anxiety, I do a couple of things. First, I have a small bottle of Rescue Remedy closeby. It's a natural calmative for people and animals. A couple of drops and she stops her trembling. Then I massage her, thinking of Cesar's way of getting dogs to break their bad habits by stimulating their good feelings when something bad is going on. I'll massage her up by her neck, down her back, and sometimes I'll roll her on her back (a real submissive state and sometimes not always easy) and rub her belly. I can say that Sara seems a little better able to deal with the thunderstorms now.

German shepards are very trainable; I had a German friend who trained them in German, no less. I'm sure Addie will get over it soon; sooner than you think because she knows she has good "parents"/pack leaders.

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Subject: Dogs Afraid of Thunderstorms Date: 6/3/09 9:01 AM

Why don't you move the crate into your bedroom at least during the nights when there are thunderstorms? By the way my two little yorkies were afraid of thunderstorms when they were puppies, but they seem to have outgrown this fear.

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Subject: Dogs Afraid of Thunderstorms Date: 6/3/09 9:08 AM

We go through this also. I was up most of the night. Nicky was fine as a pup but one time we got this really bad loud storm when she was about 5, she's 10 now. The one thing I can do is take her in the bathroom with me and she will feel a little better. She usually jumps in the tub. There is really no cure for this I'm afraid. We've tried all the drugs, behavioral therapy and nothing has worked just have to wait the storm out. It also helps keep them a little calmer if you don't react to them and stay calm, don't get mad or impatient it just makes it worst.

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Date: 6/3/09 9:21 AM

My dog who is terrified of thunderstorms and fireworks (beware the 4th of July) does best in an enclosed space. My son once emptied a lower kitchen cabinet for the dog to crawl into; sometimes he goes in the shower and sometimes nothing works. It sometimes helps to open the door so he can see nothing is there, as if he thinks the noise is coming from a big monster.

We've tried all the calming agents for dogs and nothing has helped but Valium. We've also learned to recognize the signs in time for the meds to work. The dog senses the storm way before we hear anything, so we medicate in time now.


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Subject: Dogs Afraid of Thunderstorms Date: 6/3/09 9:24 AM

Without knowing it, you did the best thing by putting Addie in her crate. Michelle's comments about the enclosed space are dead on.

Our late Lhasa never overcame her fear of thunderstorms. It got worse when we rehabbed the house and the little cubby in the kitchen where she once slept was no longer in existence. We had to create another closed in space for her to escape to during the day when no one was home.

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Subject: Dogs Afraid of Thunderstorms Date: 6/3/09 9:49 AM

I have a border collie who hates thunderstorms; I don't know why, I've had her since she was 3 months old, and she just started doing this when she was about a year.

Anyway, she is even MORE afraid of crates, so I don't crate her, and she does OK if I let her in. She's gotten better so now she just paces a little and finally curls up near me somewhere. She used to flip out, though. Anyway for other dogs I would totally use the crate.

BTW, a 60 lb dog can't jump on the bed?? really? My 60 lb dog can climb 6' fences!

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Date: 6/3/09 10:22 AM

The book "The Dog Who Loved Too Much" by Nicholas Dodman has a good chapter on dogs and thunderstorms.

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