We know what makes our bones shake but what are dogs scared of?
For far too many dogs, the Fido Fear Factor is real. It could be being stalked by a dog-hating cat or dreading the anticipated pain from a vaccination needle.
Topping the list of canine fears that make for a nervous dog — thunderstorms, followed by its frightening cousin, fireworks.
Here is a sampling of situations that can turn any confident canine into a fearful dog:
- Veterinary visits
- Car rides
- Strangers, especially those wearing sunglasses or hats.
- Battery-operated toys that move erratically on the floor
- Open stairways
- The sound of a car that is backfiring
For a nervous dog, baby talk or yelling at them to “calm down” will only make the situation worse.
Help a nervous dog with meds and supplements
Yes, if your dog is scared of fireworks or thunder it is OK to give a dose of Benadryl or Melatonin to help calm your dog’s nerves. It is best to ask your vet about the right medication first.
The best cure for a nervous dog with Thunder or Fireworks?
- Act normally around your dog. Pretend as though nothing is happening. …
- Play white sound or music. …
- Close the curtains. …
- Distract your dog with a game or treat. …
- Make an anti-anxiety wrap out of an elastic bandage. …
- Keep the dog on a leash if you go outside.