If you have a dog in your home, then you know that the slightest sound can often make your dog bark incessantly or turn into a jumble of nerves. During inclement weather, especially when that involves thunder and lightning, your dog might become afraid. Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can keep your dog safe in extreme weather.
Protecting Your Dog in Dangerous Weather
Closing the Curtains
Try to close as many curtains and blinds as possible during extreme weather events. This can help keep your dog from seeing what’s taking place outside. Turn the television on if you can, to keep the noises inside your home as normal as possible so your dog doesn’t suspect something is going on outside. Try to keep a few more lights on inside your home as well so that it’s not as dark until the storm passes.
You can get dog clothing that can help your pet feel secure and a bit calmer during extreme weather. Clothing available is usually a shirt or a jacket. Most pieces are heavier than what your dog would normally wear and fits snug against the body. This snug design often makes your pet feel like they are being hugged and comforted. When your pet feels comforted, then it’s often easier to manage their anxiety. A blanket wrapped around your dog can sometimes provide the same comfort as clothing.
In the winter months, your dog might not be able to let you know when he’s cold. He might shiver, but that could be from anxiety or a host of other reasons. Consider getting a jacket or a shirt to keep your dog warm in the winter. If you take him outside to play in the snow, stay outdoors with him. You should also use a leash when walking in the snow as the scent back to the house could be lost compared to walking in the warmer months.
The warmth of the summer season can sometimes be overwhelming for your dog, and they often can’t cool down as you can. Offer plenty of treats made with ice and fun toys that are frozen inside for them to get out. If you plan on being outside for an extended period of time in the summer, then apply sunscreen to your dog’s coat to prevent burning.
If you’re like most pet owners, your dog is more like a member of the family than just another animal. When you own a dog, you need to take the proper precautions in extreme weather to keep him safe. With the right tools at home and the right preparations before severe weather arrives, you can keep your dog’s daily routine as normal as possible.
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