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August 14 2020

Dealing with Thunderstorm Anxiety in Dogs

Some people think dogs with thunderstorm anxiety will figure out over time that the storm won’t to them any harm. That hardly ever happens. In fact, often, without intervention, the fear can worsen. I argue it may be inhumane to merely let even mildly anxious dogs deal with storms without any effort to diminish that…

June 4 2019

Humane Approach to Thunderstorm Anxiety

Thunderstorm anxiety is huge issue for many, and with all the rain we’re having I can’t imagine a more relevant interview. I speak on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show with veterinary behaviorist and co-editor of Decoding Your Dog, Dr. Debbie Horwitz. Horwitz points out that if your dog is anxious about storms…
Dr. Debra Horwitz and Steve Dale on what to do about thunderstorm anxiety in dogs

September 21 2018

Thunderstorm Anxiety and What To Do

Thunderstorm anxiety is a problem for many dogs, and indeed thunderstorm season continues only for a short time for many dogs but it’s year-round for much of the country. And when dogs are better at predicting weather than the National Weather Service, you know you have a problem. And the fear may be called thunderstorm…
What to do about thunderstorm anxiety in dogs

August 27 2018

Solutions to Thunderstorm Anxiety in Dogs

Some people think dogs afraid of thunderstorms will figure out over time that the storm won’t cause dogs with thunderstorm anxiety any harm.  But that hardly ever happens. In fact, often, without intervention, the fear can worsen. I argue it may be inhumane to merely let even mildly anxious dogs deal with storms without any…

June 27 2017

Dogs Dislike 'Big Bang' Theory; Pets and Fireworks

When it comes to pets and fireworks, the “big bang” theory is no theory; fireworks are terrifying for many dogs and cats. And why wouldn’t they be? We know and understand why the big bangs are happening. But our pets don’t get that luxury, and the big bangs are no fun for them. It’s actually adaptive for…
Dr. Amy Pike and Steve Dale talk thunderstorm anxiety

September 22 2016

Thunderstorm Anxiety: What to Do

This isn’t only about Thunderstorm anxiety in dogs, since dogs that are very anxious about storms may tend to have separation anxiety and/or fears of other loud noises, and might tend to be anxious in general. Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Amy Pike address storm phobia, and why pet owners eventually even get anxious about approaching storms.…

September 8 2015

What To Do About Thunderstorm Anxiety in Dogs

Some dogs are better at forecasting the weather than the National Weather Service. They know a storm is approaching before we do. They pace, salivate, tremble, whine and become “Velcro dogs” (sticking to you like glue) even when a storm is an hour away or more. By the time the tempest arrives, the pet may…

June 24 2015

What To Do For Pets Fearing Fireworks

The big bang theory is no theory – it’s real and is terrifying for many dogs, and also some cats are among pets fearing fireworks Even the most patriotic All-American dogs – Boston Terriers or American Foxhounds – have no way to understand what the those unpredictable explosions are all about.  If the fireworks happen…

May 22 2014

Behaviorist Answers Dog Behavior Questions; Editor Decoding Your Dog

These reader questions about about “dogs with issues” were answered by Dr. John Ciribassi, a veterinary behaviorist in the Chicago area, and co-editor (with Dr. Debra Horwitz and myself) of “Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York, NY,…

May 12 2014

Thunderstorm Anxiety in Dogs, HouseSmarts-TV

Thunderstorm anxiety is a common problem in dogs….It’s ironic that the night this aired on HouseSmarts with Lou Manfredini , at least in Chicago, there was a thunderstorm. I offer a pawful of solutions, including Adaptil, and products like the ThunderShirt, even distracting the dog with lovely music and food dispensing toys. There’s much more found…

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