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Expert advises how to protect your dog during blood rain thunderstorms

Canine behaviorist Caroline Spencer shares tips on how to keep your pet calm and stress-free as blood rain thunderstorms from the Sahara batter Britain this weekend

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The Met Office has predicted the UK could be hit by blood rain thunderstorms this weekend.

Loud bangs and flashes during storms are often extremely frightening for pets and can cause stress, anxiety and unpredictability, potentially compromising their safety.

In addition to noise, pressure changes, dark skies, and static energy can all contribute to the anxious environment.

Canine behaviorist, Caroline Spencer, from Bella & Dukesays there are things you can do to limit the amount of stress your dog feels during this time.

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What are the signs my dog ​​is anxious?

Dogs sense the changes in the atmosphere before the weather turns, meaning their anxiety can set in before the storm even begins.

Some signs to look for and notice when your furry friend is feeling anxious are panting or hiding, pacing, and yawning.

Their eyes may also widen and they may hold back their ears.

How can I calm my pet during the storm?

Caroline offers five simple, tried-and-true tips to keep your pets quiet on those loud nights ahead:

  1. Soothing sprays and chews – A soothing treatment like Calm and mild can help with anxiety, and a dog chew will help keep them engaged.
  2. Prepare in advance if you can – Desensitize your pet to thunderstorms year-round by playing thunderstorm sounds, starting quietly and gradually increasing the volume until your pet becomes more comfortable.
  3. close your curtains – Keeping the curtains closed will help deaden the noise and limit the sudden flashes of light.
  4. Provide a Safe Haven – Your pet might run to find a place to crawl and hide. So make sure it has a cozy, safe hiding place to retreat to.
  5. Be a quiet presence – Be there for them, hold them tight, show them not to worry, and use your calm presence to relieve their stress






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Caroline added: “There are many aspects of thunderstorms that shake our pets and it is important that we are with them to see them through this situation.

“The goal is to stay calm and undeterred. It’s so important to reiterate how you react and feel during these times, which has a huge impact on how your puppy or dog responds.

“If you expect a negative reaction, you will get one. As with anything, let’s be positive about anything new or different.

“Just because a friend’s dog, or your most recent dog, has never reacted badly to a thunderstorm doesn’t mean all reactions are created equal. Just be relaxed and just take it as it comes, with no preconceived notions.”

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