There are few things sadder than watching your dog turn into a frightened, shivering mess in the face of an oncoming storm. No one really knows for sure what causes thunderstorm phobia in dogs. Some scientists say it’s a response to the barometric pressure changes in the air, while others point to the increase in static electricity. It could be any number of things that our dogs are reacting to—until they can tell us, we won’t know for sure.
When it comes to dealing with a dog’s thunderstorm phobia, you may need to try a combination of approaches to calm your dog. A dog’s fear of storms is not rational, and we can’t just explain to our pups that there’s nothing to fear. However, there are a few things you can do to ease your dog’s fear and potentially train and desensitize them to future thunderstorms.