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Pets afraid of the monsoons



ARIZONA MONSOONS


What you can do for pets who are afraid of them.

Is your Dog or Cat afraid of the Monsoons? Unfortunately we know of many pets who are.
In fact some pets are so afraid that they need help from their veterinarian by taking a prescription sedative or the likes of comfort wear such as the Thunder Shirt. 
If your pet is afraid of the Monsoons and you've tried everything then you may want to schedule an appointment to see if your vet can help. Medicating our pets is certainly an option we want to avoid if at all possible but for some may be the last option. Check out our amazing veterinarians!

Together, we've compiled some tips for the storm season that might help ease your pet's fears with the loud noises that accompany the monsoons.

Desensitize or counter conditioning
You can do this by creating your own loud noises and making sure your pet gets a treat during these times assuring him that LOUD can be okay
Try something healthy and tasty like famous Furbabies Treats!! 

Thunderstorm or rain music
You can play this music periodically during the week. There are many digital thunderstorm and rainfall apps you can purchase from ITunes or your App store of choice. 
Begin with a low volume eventually increasing the sound over a few days, preferably prior to the Monsoons arriving. Doing this will help to condition your pet to respond in a non-fearful way to noises that they were once scared of.

Indoor Play Time 
Playing your pet’s favorite indoor game at the onset of the storm will help prepare them for the worst part of the storm. Hopefully your pet will be able to associate that during a storm is when it is time to have fun inside! Give lots of Positive Reinforcement during this time inside. Treats and praise are a must!

Calming tricks
Go about your business with the thunder and lightning booming outside, maybe even singing and whistling. This will convey to your pet that you don’t think the noise is a big deal. 

Create a “Safe Place” 
This can be a quiet bathroom or bedroom, preferably the one farthest from windows and the quietest room in the house. A good rule of thumb to pick your pets “Safe Place” is to watch where your pet goes when he is frightened. Just because you think the bathroom is the “Safe Place” doesn’t necessarily mean your pet does. If your pet hides under the bed like mine does, then make sure that your pet has access to that room. If you pet hides in blankets or clothes on the floor, let him. Place a food and water bowl close by to assure him that he has picked a safe and happy place to go when he is afraid. Place a litter box near by if it's your cat/s that are fearful. Make sure you do not confine your pet, let them come and go.
Some pets need to be able to stay active when they are fearful. Hiding doesn’t always work for all cats and dogs.

Crate Training
Some dogs do better if they are in their crate. Remember, dogs are den dwelling animals; their crate is often a "safe" place to them.
Turn on a Radio, Tv or Fan to help drown out the noise. See Be Kind To Dogs Face Book Group Page and find her "Training Freebies" under her Files section. There is a great one for crate training!



Most of all, reassure your pet that you will be inside with them throughout the storm. Make yourself visible. If your pet needs you to hold him then hold him. Puppies and kittens that may start out not afraid of storms can develop the fearfulness at an older age so make sure to always notice how your pet is acting throughout storm season.

The Thundershirt or similar creative clothing, use gentle, constant pressure to calm your dog and now even your CATS This effectively aids anxiety, fearfulness, barking and more. Check out two that we highly recommend!
    Happy Hoodie This is a hoodie that goes around their head and ears

    Here's a quick link to make purchasing easy!
     



    Thundershirt: A classic calming shirt!

    Quick link!
    Founder, Phil Blizzard
    and his dog Dosi 








    If your pet gets lost during a monsoon storm please remember that one of our members, Deborah Cooke, and her trained team of canines can assist you in finding your lost pet! See Deborah's website, Missing Pet Detectives and don't forget to keep her number handy! 

    If you have any tips for our readers for helping to keep their pets safe and sound during the summer monsoons, we'd love to hear from you! Simply comment on this article. Thanks pet friends! 

    Wish us luck! 
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