Our expert says:
Sorry, my Afrikaans is not too good, so I'll answer in English, if that's ok. You are right to be so concerned as your dog could get badly injured or even die if he panics so badly that he breaks windows to get away from the thunder. There are basically two ways to help with this problem. One is to desensitise your dog to noises, especially thunder. You will need a recording of thunder which you play very softly (dogs have much better hearing than we do) while he is eating or playing with a toy or with you. Gradually, over a few weeks, increase the volume while he associates positive things with it. This sometimes works, but often it is too late and the dog is not only responding to the noise, but also to the change in atmospheric pressure, which he associates with noise, being wet and cold and being away from you perhaps. In his mind he thinks he has escaped a terrible fate by getting into the house. The other way of dealing with this is to manage it correctly. In other words think about putting in a dog flap, so he can get into the house easily when you aren't there. If you know there's going to be a storm you could give him Rescue Remedy, valerian (or stronger medication from the vet) and leave the radio or TV on, to disguise the noise, before it starts. But this is not always possible and in some areas it may be a daily occurrence so it may not be practical. Look at where your dog's kennel is and make sure it isn't in an area which is enclosed by high walls as this would magnify the sound, making it echo around the walls. Take him out for walks in the rain if possible so he likes to get wet.
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