Consoling your dog does not relieve their panic

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    haopee Well-Known Member

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    This is one of the interesting topics I've first read about. Now, a scientific research has been done to prove what dog behaviorists have been telling owners about consoling pets during a state of panic. According to the article below, it doesn't help.
    What do you do to your dogs when they act scared during thunderstorms?
     
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    zararina Well-Known Member

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    I agree that they get sad or upset when left alone as dogs seems to always like a company.
    When there are thunderstorms and it makes our dog scared a bit, we just talk to him telling it was nothing and hug him, stay with him or play with him.
     
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    I try not to baby Misha. It's too easy to do with a small dog. When something scary like a thunderstorm happens, I try to create background noise so she doesn't hear it so loudly. I provide her with a safe place. Her tent bed with her favorite blanket is always ready for her. I figure she is better off going in there in her safe place than me babying her. If she wants to lay by my side, I try to make it seem as normal as possible.

    I do believe that dogs feed off our energy. So, I can see how our reaction can affect how they will react to things.
     
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    Hmm, so if it doesn't matter either way, then what should we do? Just leave them alone entirely? Distract them? Wait it out?
     
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    One thing I read is that your should distract them and try to keep it light. Bring play into the picture so that your dog sees whatever the scary situation is as a happy time.

    I have heard that you can desensitize dogs. Get an MP3 of thunder noises. You start by playing it low and then a little louder. The idea is that eventually the dog won't care.

    I'm not sure if either of these work, but they might be worth a try. I admit that when Misha is like this, I let her go hide in her tent. I don't console or baby her though. I figure she will come out when she is ready.
     
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