Almost each dog is afraid of loud noises, especially thunder and fireworks. Usually they behaved by hiding, whining, barking, pawing or even urination. It’s important for each owner to help dog deal with loud noises as the anxiety usually stimulates when they are getting old.
A dog that has experienced a fear of thunderstorms may begin to appear anxious behavior before the thunder starts to take place when the rain was falling down the roof of the house and bright flashes of light or even the drop in air pressure cause trigger anxiety. Never punish your dog if he behaves anxious anxiety, but it’s also important not to cuddle too much. Punishing your dog will make things worse, and when next thunderstorms occur he will be added fear. While cuddling or comforting your dog too much is not a wide behavior as it may tell your dog his anxious behavior is right.
Instead, you can first find a safe place for your dog to seek shelter. Usually dog’s crates, under a bed or under a chair are the common places for dogs to hide themselves. Dogs like to hide in these places because he thinks he can be protected and the noise can be muffled. If your dog has not found out a place, try to provide one for him.
The basic way to get rid of dog’s anxious anxiety for loud noises is to desensitize your dog to loud noises, gradually the sound becomes normal to the dogs. You can try to play recorded thunder at a low volume in short intervals to see your dog’s behaviors until he gets used to it.
You can also use some sort of enjoyable activities to distract your dog’s attention. If your dog behaves too anxious to participate in the activity, you need to slow down the intensity of your thunder and try again later. You have to repeat this process for many times, but finally you will see the success that your dog won’t feel anxious about any loud noises.