Regardless of their size, your dog probably has no trouble acting tough when it feels the need to protect you. However, underneath that bravado is probably a total softie. And while your dog’s gentle nature is usually reflected in affection and other positive traits, there may be one issue that concerns you. The issue we’re talking about is storm anxiety. For owners of dogs with this condition, watching this type of anxiety take over can be very difficult.


In a matter of seconds, a dog can go from its normal happy self to being visibly anxious. Depending on the specific dog, actions that go along with this condition may include pacing, hiding in the closet, squeezing into a tight space like behind a toilet, clawing walls, chewing carpets or even trying to break through something like a window.


Before we cover any more information about this condition, it’s important to note two things. First, dog thunderstorm phobia is a very real condition in dogs and one that shouldn’t be ignored by owners. And second, a common misconception about this condition is that dogs grow out of it. In most cases, that’s simply not the case.


Tips for Helping a Dog Feel Better During a Storm


Although experts haven’t pinpointed the exact cause of this condition, most believe it’s the result of a combination of wind, thunder, lightning, barometric pressure changes, static electricity and low-frequency rumbles. That’s why a dog may begin showing signs of anxiety before you’re even able to hear that a storm is building.


With some dogs, this type of anxiety may be present from when they’re very young. And with others, it’s actually a condition that can develop later in life. While there’s no cure for storm anxiety, there are definitely ways to help manage it.


The first thing you can do is reward your dog’s calm behavior on a regular basis. By engaging in this type of training when it’s not stormy, you can create a habit which can be very useful when a storm does start brewing. The next way to help is to create a safe place where you dog can retreat during a storm. Common options include a basement corner, small room with calm music playing, open crate or even a bathroom. The best way to pick a spot is to watch where your dog naturally goes during a storm.


Another option is to put a snug garment on your dog. Studies have shown that snug-fitting shirts and wraps may be useful to calm anxious dogs. Finally, since dogs are more likely to have worse anxiety symptoms when they’re alone, bring your dog to our awesome daycare facilities on spring days when you can’t be at home and it’s likely to storm.



In one of our last posts for 2015, we discussed why dogs should be adopted and not bought. While we’re very happy to see that more people than ever are turning towards adoption instead of purchasing when they’re ready to add a new member to their household, there’s another issue within adoption that we want to focus on.


When people decide to start the process of adopting a dog, they often focus their search on finding a puppy or very young dog. Although we fully support anyone who wants to provide a loving home to a puppy, we want to share a handful of reasons why people should at least consider adopting an older dog:


Less Accidents and Training


Many people underestimate just how much work and patience it can take to train a puppy. If your family already has a fairly busy schedule, giving a puppy the attention it needs to be properly trained may be a significant challenge. By adopting an older dog, you can make the transition to having a dog in your home with far fewer pieces of chewed up furniture.


Fulfillment Knowing You Saved a Life


At most shelters, older dogs are the first to be euthanized when a facility gets too full. By making the decision to adopt an older dog, you may be saving an animal’s life. That will ensure a strong bond between the two of you from the very start.


Can Still Teach Them New Tricks


Not only do older dogs generally know more commands than younger ones, but the old saying about not being able to teach an old dog new tricks is a myth. In fact, mature dogs have a longer attention span than puppies, which means that the training process is often easier.


Just As Receptive to Love


Another misconception about older dogs is that they’re not going to bond with an individual or family in the same way that puppies do. However, based on our experiences and those of people who bring their dogs to our daycare, that’s simply not true. It’s actually common for dogs who have had a harder life to recognize just how good they have it in a new setting and give all their love & loyalty in return.


Perfect for Many Different Types of Individuals and Families


Not everyone wants a hyper puppy running around their home. If you feel that you’re in a place in your life where you want a dog to join your household but may be looking for a more mature companion, we highly encourage you to spend time with some of the older dogs at a local adoption center.


Whether you ultimately end up adopting a puppy or an older dog, if you ever need a place for them to be cared for while you’re away from home, our dog daycare is the perfect option!