Most of the time our pets love summer, but a scary thing is a storm. Loud claps of thunder send them into anxiety mode just like 4th of July firecrackers. Dogs, especially, read us so well that if we're startled they tend to be more so. Keep them indoors, turn the volume up on the TV or put on some music to soothe nerves. Provide them a comfy place away from windows where they can go to feel safe. Besides staying calm yourself, try distracting them with highly valued chew toys or food. Try out a new game or give an easy command to sit and stay and give them a meaty treat. By being rewarded each time their association to storms may change to positive.
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