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How do you calm a dog's fear of wind?

  1. angel4967 profile image61
    angel4967posted 5 years ago

    How do you calm a dog's fear of wind?

    We have a Thundershirt that helps some, but if the wind is bad enough it only helps a little.  We also have herbal pills and sleeping pills that I hate to give her but sometimes her fear is just out of control.  I'm open to suggestions.

  2. Minnetonka Twin profile image88
    Minnetonka Twinposted 5 years ago

    I have to ask you what a thundershirt is as I have never heard of it. One of my dog's dislikes the wind too and I wish I knew what would help. I plan to follow this question and see what people say. Sorry I couldn't help :-(

    1. angel4967 profile image61
      angel4967posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      http://www.thundershirt.com/    Here's a link to the Thundershirt.  It helps my girl some, but when the wind gets really bad I am forced to drug her up and I hate doing that.  That glassy eyed look she gets just makes me want to cry.

  3. Brandon E Newman profile image70
    Brandon E Newmanposted 5 years ago

    Xanax...... The drug works on dogs too. The generic name is alprazolam. ask your vet for an RX.

  4. agilitymach profile image98
    agilitymachposted 5 years ago

    I wish I had time to answer more completely, but this will be quick.  Google "Classical Conditioning."  You can, using Classical Conditioning, get your dog to view wind as a good thing.  Basically, using your dog's favorite reward (super, duper high-end treats, play, toy, whatever), you reward every time the wind blows hard.  Over time, the dog learns that wind = treat or reward.  And, if your dog is too nervous to take a treat, there are things to do...but again,,,I don't have time to write it out.  I suppose I should do a hub on this. smile

    Short answer - Google Classical Conditioning, dog and thunderstorm.  BTW, the thunder shirts do help some dogs, but not all.  I'm glad it helps your some. smile

    1. angel4967 profile image61
      angel4967posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I guess I'm just not sure how to do this when the wind is constant & strong.  She won't take treats when it's this bad.  I try to put her in a room with a lot of white noise but sometimes she still hears it.  I'd love to see a hub on this!

  5. Lea^ profile image71
    Lea^posted 5 years ago

    Angel,
    Here is a Hub that I have written on the subject of fear in animals.
    Consistent use of the steps outlined eventually help (hopefully sooner than you expect). I cannot say enough how important it is not to give up. Be consistent, and your baby will feel better (and so will you smile.

    http://lea.hubpages.com/hub/Instilling-fear-in-animals

 
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