July 9, 2013 | Helpful Tips
Charleston summers are filled with thunderstorms – and if your dog is anything like mine, thunder equals a very scared pup. We’ve tried lots of things… treats, cuddles, playing, bones, a thunder shirt… and nothing was doing the trick. Before I even heard the slightest rumble from the horizon, Indy knew it was coming and would come let me know with a scared whine. Then he would disappear into our closet for the next few hours and whimper. It made me so sad, especially since I just couldn’t figure out how to soothe him. Our vet mentioned that Benadryl might help, but I wasn’t ready to resort to drugs just yet.
With the 4th of July just a few days away – and knowing my husband would be enjoying some cool fireworks in our yard – I read up online to see if I could find a way to help Indy before the big day. I stumbled across a few things that said to try playing some soothing music for scared pets and decided to give it a shot.
I checked Youtube and found this video. As soon as the next thunderstorm rolled in and Indy retreated to his “safe spot” in the closet, I pulled it up on the laptop and turned up the volume as loud as it would go to try and drown out the thunder. I gave it like 30 minutes and went back to check on him. Normally he would have been whining and pacing, but this time he was asleep! It was amazing!
I tried not to get my hopes up… but it has continued to work. For the 4th of July we set up the music a few spots around the house and Indy seemed to handle the evening pretty well. I’m sure this won’t be a solution for every dog, but if you’re still trying to find a way to soothe your pet, I highly recommend you give it a try!