Dogs are often fearful before certain sounds or events that draw than usual. Storms and rain are among them. Although there is always storms, it has seen many dogs are simply frightened by the rain. Why does this happen? What makes the furry are afraid of water, whether stormy or not?
Rain effects in dogs
Your dog enchants You might water and become crazy when you go to get him into the shower. No clutch, if you take a walk and it starts to rain, the discomfort he feels leads him to be released and want to find a place to hide.
Feel the water falling on your skin can cause nervousness or anxiety. It happens especially if your dog already have any of these things or is very sensitive. To improve this, if you live in a place where it rains a lot, take it out when the waters fall lighter. Take an umbrella that can cover you both.
Maybe you could get him first in his arms and then put it under the umbrella to see that nothing happens and you’ll be at his side. A good option is to put a raincoat that will prevent the water has contact with him. Gradually it will get used and you can remove even when rains are stronger.
Making games under water and even toying with her, perhaps splashing, achieve your pet will gradually gain confidence and whenever you like better out in the rain.
Little is known for sure why the rain is so annoying for dogs. It seems that the waves emitted by the water they even damage the sensitivity of your ears, especially in puppies. Not to mention all that can make them feel storms.
Fear also to storms
No matter if no thunder, your dog is able to predict that a storm is approaching and tremble before this starts to sound. Not only can perceive the change in the sky, also in the atmosphere and the smell. You can distinguish the sound of thunder at a great distance.
According to a study by the University of Pennsylvania, between 15 and 30 percent of dogs they are terrified of storms. They are created in boxes stress and anxiety and desperately seeking shelter.
Normally it is not surprising that dogs seek shelter on hearing thunder. It is a feature of his instinct that has not evolved. You know that many of the behaviors of the dogs come from their ancestors the wolves, and they lived in the wild outdoors.
When there was thunder and lightning, his instinct pushed them to seek a refuge from those that might fall on them. Also to prevent a tree, for example, which have been struck by lightning, he could kill.
In addition, the dog has much more developed sense of hearing us, so the sound of a storm in your case is much more thunderous than for a human.
How to calm a dog with anxiety and fear by rain
To prevent your dog get too anxious when it rains there are several things you can do. For example:
Play with it. If every time it rains will look (even if this means crawl under the bed), and start playing with it, the animal will eventually relate storms and rains with something positive that loves: play and spend time with you.
Put on some music. Music has a profound effect on the animals. In the case of an anxious dog, instrumental music is calming and allow you to take more calmness what makes him nervous.
Pheromones. If you think the fear of storms and rains feel your dog is too exaggerated, talk to your vet to see if you can take pheromones. These are for commercial use and may calm your pet. Although usually not harmful, it is best to consult with a professional.
Treat your sensitivity. The highly sensitive dogs suffer most from these developments. Sensitivity can treat a canine psychologist can be helpful.