Thunder storm dog help

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  1. Figaro

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    Does anyone have any suggestions for a dog distressed by thunder ? He's a barky at the best of times but we're in Slovenia at moment and had a terrible night with him last week, no sleep for barking all-night, drove us mad.
    Looks we on for another thunder storm night.
    At our wit's end, a barking dog in a Moho is not a good combination
     
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    Take it to bed with you? Meant as a serious suggestion unless the dog is too big of course. :)
     
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    Ha, did that during last weeks storm, spent entire night wrestling him ! And woke up to vomit on bedding ! Lovely.
    Got no sleep until about 3am when storm passed.
    Thankfully today's seems to have subsided for now.
     
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    Sorry I don't have any answers, my dog is inconsolable in thunderstorms or when there's fireworks.
     
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    Our dog at home no problem with thunder lightening but like yours in the van barks at loud thunder , I have to sit up and reassure her , also I sing to her in my deep mono tone voice to try to out do the thunder if poss , made the neighbouring french moho's leave early next morn, wife complained as she was trying to sleep !!!!
     
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    Theanine.

    I take it (it's just a benign green tea extract) and tried the dog with it a few years ago and brilliant (he's terrified of fireworks). Now loads of pet forums recommend it.
     
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    My dog is petrified of fireworks and nutracalm works a treat, you do have to get it from the vets.

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    You wont get much sleep either way, so try having the radio on loud`ish...

    But not to the annoyance of other campers...

    Might drown out the thunder.
     
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    Thanks for suggestions, I`ll look into them.
    The storm here has passed now so hopefully a peaceful night.
    He`s got a sharp bark and in the van it`s just awful
    I dread the next storm coming.
    As @FIDGET says it might get all the Germans here moving !
     
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    Look up ‘thundershirts’ and then try to mock one up for him. Might help!
    I know of gold who have said they are brilliant. (y)
     
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    I tried a thunder shirt but my dog wouldn’t move in it. She eventually moved but only to stick by my side with pleading eyes for me to take it off. She found no comfort in it at all...
    I returned it and got my money back :rolleyes:

    Edited to say, that I’m sure it works for some ;)
     
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    Our last dog was terrified of thunder, fireworks in fact any noise as she became older. She didn't bark, she just quivered in a corner. One of our current dogs is like yours, hears a noise and barks. I break her bark cycle by clapping my hands or slapping the chair and she comes over to me, still grumbling and I fuss her. Might be worth a try.
     
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    I know parents use them for their Cairns and they say they work well.
     
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    Thunder shirt helped our dog, she would not bark, but pant to the point of exhaustion, would start some time before the storm arrived, we tried medication, calm aid, adaptil , but they take time to work.
    It works on the principle of wrapping the body tightly, so that the dog takes deeper breaths which has a calming effect. Also she liked to be in the dark.
    Our poor old dog is now deaf, problem solved,
     
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    Try draping a sheet or similar over the table to make a den then the dog might feel more secure. It helped mine.
     
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    Our Cocker Spaniel trembles quite badly in thunderstorms so we have just tried a Thundershirt for the first time and it did seem to help.
     
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    One of ours is frightened by thunder but doesn't bark at it. She just seeks a secure place. In the motorhome it's her bed in the drivers footwell, at home under my desk in the study or behind SWMBO chair in the lounge depending on where we are.
    She's not bothered by thunder if we're driving. I assume the sound is masked by road noise.
     
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    A dog I had years ago-a rescue one-was terrified of storms & there was nothing we could do, thundershirts weren’t invented!
    This rescue JRT barked at fireworks only if she can see them and goes jelly-like with thunder.
    We’ve had numerous storms & hail in the last couple of weeks in France & she seems to have settled to them-immersion I think!
    Try a thundershirt or make a tight tube of stretchy material, mostly it’s the pressures involved that’s why they now a storms coming before we do!
     
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    Our lab has become frightened of loud thunderstorms and fireworks over the last few years. He was fine until he was 8 or so. He was born in July and there were thunderstorms in his first few days as a pup so we thought he was immune. He doesn't bark, just shakes like a leaf. it's awful to watch. We use the music solution but it doesn't always work. We also avoid anywhere with fireworks.

    No real solutions to offer, just showing a bit of solidarity!
     

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