Do you have puppies with thunderstorm phobia? Or Is your french bulldog afraid of storms?.__And for you, it becomes a challenging task to calm down your puppies during thunderstorms.
Thunderstorm phobia in puppies normally seems real between ages three and six and should not be ignored. Most of the time they don’t grow out of it and suddenly evolve into screeching, yawping, bitching, or sheer panic, etc __ Little puppies & dogs can’t show their fear in words and so these all are the clear symptoms of dog storm phobia.
Especially when you are a French puppy lover, it can be hard to see your normal friendly puppy react differently during a thunderstorm __As their body language defines all their signs of stress.
No worries! In this blog, you will better understand how to keep your Frenchies puppy calm during thunderstorm__So without wasting any time let’s dive into the blog to know everything about French puppies.
How Do I Know If My French Bulldog Is Scared Of Thunderstorms?
Do you know french bulldogs have superior hearing power that allows them to hear thunder rumbling further away? Yes, it’s right! They find other changes in barometric pressure, French bulldogs may begin to react to a storm long before it occurs. A thunderstorm can cause many problem behaviors. Some of the more common signs are,
- Escape (sometimes resulting in injury)
- Inappropriate soiling
- Licking their paws.
- Destructive behaviors
- Salivating and much more
What Causes A Thunderstorm Phobia?
Phobia is an uncontrollable, irrational, and lasting fear of a certain activity _that comes from any situation. Sometimes it might have a potential survival benefit(e.g it’s good to fear lions). However, The exact causes of storm phobia occur when changes in barometric pressure and gusts of leaves being blown or heavy rain showers are not entirely clear. Thunderstorm phobia is mainly due to a prior traumatic event associated with such adverse weather.
- This leads to a fear of storms that persists through adulthood.
- Storm phobic is also known to fear flooding which usually results from heavy rain.
- French bulldog puppies who are mainly categorized as ‘high strung’ or ‘nervous’ and as having a general tendency towards fear and anxiety are more likely to develop an excessive fear of thunderstorms, lightning, etc.
How Do I Manage My French Puppy During A Storm?
Dogs get anxious during thunderstorms and it creates a heartbreaking situation for the owner of the dog. The rumblings of thunderstorms, howling winds, and driving rain terrify up to 30% of dogs. When thunder rumbles, dogs don’t understand where the noise comes from. They tremble, hide, pace and pant. And, in extreme cases, dogs can claw through drywall, chew the carpet, and make frantic efforts to escape.
Following are some tips to calm and manage your dog during a storm
- During the storm, time provides your dog with a safe place to go.
- During storms, keeping calm and consoling your dog when he’s scared can reinforce his fearful behavior.
- During a storm try a thunder shirt on your dog.
- Supplement the scary sounds with music, TV, or white noise. Some certified veterinary behaviorists say classical music works magic on scared pets.
- Ask your vet for help.
Are There Any Links Between Storm Phobias And Other Behavioural Disorders?
A number of French puppies are involved in separation anxiety besides other behavioral problems, storm phobia is most common in them. However, this is not always the reason and because of other behavioral disorders phobias may occur independently.
What You Can Do At Home?
Whenever there is a thunderstorm and your french bulldog starts to get fussy, here are the most common tips and tricks for calming them down.
- Give Them a Safe Space
Allowing your French puppy to go to their safe zone and not punishing them for any behavior during thunderstorms, including destruction and whining, is one of the best things you can do for them.
- Provide Background Noise
As you know french puppies feel so terrified when they suddenly hear a loud sound and having a background noise like (classic music or you can play white noise) can help in reducing thunderstorm simulation.
- Soothe Your Dog with Toys and Puzzles
Chewing and licking are self-soothing activities for your dog if he becomes destructive. In addition, puzzle toys, kongs filled with peanut butter or kibbles, or anxiety vests help reduce thunderstorm fear in french puppies.
- Relaxation training.
Train your french puppy to get relaxed in his safe place before any scary sounds are added. You should also be on the lookout for calm behaviour around the house, and reward that with a treat.
- Anti-anxiety medications
They should be given 1 hour before the storm develops to have a chance to work. These can be prescribed by your vet. If your dog has other behavioral problems your vet might prescribe a daily anti-anxiety medication, with an additional therapeutic agent to be used for storms.
What About Scolding Or Punishing My French Bulldog?
It’s never fun to scold or treat your puppy badly. It causes resentment, worry, and a lack of trust. When it comes to your animal best friend, this might be the worst. So try to react in a good way because they also have feelings and can be hurt too. Disci plinary methods that are considered to be positive and beneficial are:
- Using your voice to put a stop to unwanted behavior, rather than hitting your dog
- Taking their toys away.
- Avoiding giving your dog attention when they misbehave