The sky is dark, with the air feeling dense and moist. The sound of thunder suddenly rents the air halting your plans for the afternoon.
The rains mean you can no longer go out and play golf. And before long you realize your dog is freaking out.
What makes a dog freak out? You might be surprised why this happens. For those who love their dogs too much, we might be wrong. Besides being your best friend, your dog has some extraordinary powers. It can sense the onset of bad weather.
Before it starts raining, Rover is already running up and down, his tail between the legs and if Rover is never calm, he is already jumping up and down.
As heavy droplets from the sky pound on the roof, Rover dashes under a bed or a chair. He may even choose to shelter in the basement.
Sally Morgan, author and pet therapist, informed Reader’s Digest that it is common for dogs agonizing through a thunderstorm freakout to try to become grounded-completely.
The dog looks for the lowest place or moves somewhere near the ‘house’s plumbing.
But what makes a dog freak out? The noise could be the reason, but it is not the only reason.
Thunderstorms can make dogs with noise phobia uneasy, according to Kelly Ryan, DVM, Director of Veterinary Services at the Humane Society of ‘Missouri’s Animal Medical Center of Mid-America.
It is an unreasonable, deep fear of a harmless noise or sound. You can quickly tell if your dog has noise phobia through the sound of fireworks.
Noise phobia can affect dogs of all ages and could become worse if not treated.
Dogs are naturally attentive and want to hear what goes on around them. This, according to Morgan, can result in noise phobia.
Besides confusing the dog, loud sounds not only make the dog uncomfortable but also leave it unable to comprehend what is happening in the surrounding.
Continue to page 2 to see other reason why your dog may be anxious.