Thunderstorm Anxiety!

Answers to Pet Thunderstorm Anxiety Questions!

You may wonder what you can do to help prevent your pet from being anxious during scary thunderstorms.

Don’t worry, here are 6 steps that can help with their anxiety.

1. Never leave your dog outside during storms.

2. Your pet reacts to human anxiety, fear, and stress so check your own behavior and that of others in the home. Do your best to remain relaxed and upbeat. If you give your pet a lot of attention and praise during storms, this will reinforce to your pet the unwanted behavior. They may expect during storms to be given attention so it is best to act as though it’s no big deal and follow your normal routine.

3. You can also try to distract their unwanted behavior by playing with them.

4. Some pets feel more secure in a comfortable place such as a crate with soft bedding. Try playing music in order to drown out the thunder. There is also a product called Dog Appeasing Pheromone (DAP) that you can use in the secure crate that may help.

5. Some dogs benefit from a type of wrap, like the Thundershirt, that is believed to provide some comfort during times of anxiety, stress and fear.

If your pet stays calm or stops reacting to the storm you then can reward them with calm praise.

6. Pets who have severe thunderstorm phobia will need to visit their Veterinarian. Talk to them about potential treatments. In most cases, prescription medication can desensitize or condition the problem. Though you may shy away from these types of medications, the benefit can outweigh the condition in some cases.

Following these six steps will help your pet during thunderstorms.

Introducing Your New Cat to the other Family Pets

Have you just adopted a new cat and need to introduce the cat to the other pet? This can be done, though it may not seem so easy when you first bring that little bundle of joy home

You Can’t Force It

Remember to understand that it will take time for the pets to all get to know each other and like the other pet. There will be periods of adjustment. Don’t force anything, remember that you can’t rush a pet introduction. There will be some skirmishes with the new cat, as cats do not like to share or change their environment.

What’s The Personality of the New Cat?

Do you have cats that are more social than others? Are they antisocial? This is going to help gauge how hard of a road lies ahead getting them to socialize. You may need to act even more slowly if they have antisocial over social tendencies.

Adjusting

When it comes time for pet adjustment to the new cat, here are a few suggestions:

Play together – share a toy with the new cat, such as a string or other item.

Feed the new cat separately – have two sets of dishes for them to eat out of, in separate rooms. Gradually move these closer together, over a period of days or weeks to begin pet introduction.

Get the scent – help them get used to each other’s scent by using a washcloth to rub onto the cat’s sleep blanket or pillow, and then toss it on to the others environment. This helps acclimate the new pet to the other pet.

cat-and-dogYou may have to initially keep each cat/pet in separate rooms for a few days, then allow supervised visits with the other pet – this keeps the fights down and allows small windows of time for them to get to know each other. You can expand this time so they can gradually tolerate being around one another.

By reducing the tension between the pets, you are helping speed up the process of getting your new cat adjusted to the other pet, and vice versa. Many times the new cat will adjust quicker to the animals already in the house.

Help Your Shy or Fearful Dog Gain Confidence

You have great ideas about taking your dog to the dog park, enjoying free range play, or taking them to doggy day care to have fun while you are at work.  However, when you arrive, your dog is cowering behind you, ready to lunge at anyone who comes near them. If this has happened to you, then you have a shy dog. With a little bit of coaxing, and a lot of patience, you can help that shy dog come out of their shell and increase their confidence in social situations.

There are four tips will help you safely have the social, friendly dog you want.

  1. Provide More Social Situations
    Dogs are creatures of habit, and if your shy dog is rarely around anyone other than you and your family members, then their going to struggle when thrust into a social situation. To help improve your dog’s confidence and decrease his problems with feeling shy, you need to provide more social opportunities. Create pleasant, nonthreatening situations where your shy dog can be around other people and dogs, such as walks through busy streets or a trip to Posche Paws for some pampering. It is helpful to take your dog to environments that have dogs in them, yet where they may not see each other (Posche Paws, Pet Store, etc), so they can smell the pets there and get comfortable with the scent. When you take your dog to these places, remain calm yourself. Your dog will pick up on your signals with time.
  2. Don’t Reward Shy Behavior
    Dogs repeat behavior that is rewarded. While you feel as though comforting your shy dog when they cower in the corner is a good idea, it’s not. This will encourage repeat performances of the same behavior by reinforcing that there is something to be scared of. Instead, ignore your dog when they are acting shy, and praise them when they venture into the social situation.
  3. Work at Your Dog’s Pace
    Dogs that are naturally shy aren’t going to change overnight. Helping them requires a lot of  patience. Be willing to work at your dog’s pace, not your own, and you’ll have much more success helping your shy dog.
  4. Don’t Force It
    Yes, you want your shy dog to be comfortable at the doggy day care or dog park. Yes, the shy behavior is frustrating for you. Yet in spite of these frustrations, don’t try to force the change. If the dog is not ready, forcing him into a social situation could lead to aggressive behavior. With enough practice, positive reinforcement and calm cues from you, your shy dog will be able to overcome these problems and enjoy a rich social life.

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