Calming Aids for Dogs Afraid of Thunder and Fireworks
Our safe and gentle calming aids can help relax dogs that are afraid of thunderstorms or fireworks.
Dogs who are afraid of thunderstorms and fireworks may pant, drool, pace, whine, try to escape, cower and shake or even destroy furniture and have housetraining accidents. It is very important to help your dog as soon as you see these fears start to come up so as to stop them from getting worse.
It will help your dog if you stay with him during storms or fireworks and allow him to be in a space he is most comfortable in. Some dogs prefer their crate, while others your lap or believe it or not, the bathtub! An area that is a bit quieter is probably best. Maybe turning on the fan, TV, or radio to help block the noise a bit would help.
Speak calmly to him and cheerfully. See if you can distract him with something fun like his favorite toy or treats. Perhaps he would like a calming massage or petting session.
If your dog is so nervous during thunderstorms or fireworks that he is in danger of hurting himself or seems very panicked you should contact your veterinarian.
One of the most effective and long lasting things you can do for your dog is to follow the desensitization program below, "Curing Your Dog’s Fear of Thunderstorms" or "Curing Your Dog’s Fear of Fireworks".
Another helpful supplement is Melatonin (marketed for people) which can be found at local vitamin stores or drug stores. Here’s an excellent article on another website regarding using Melatonin and other remedies to help your dog over his thunderstorm fear.
The products below were selected by our professional dog trainer to help your dog recover and cope with his fears.