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8-Month Old Puppy Afraid of Thunder

    • 406 posts
    September 7, 2018 1:21 PM EDT

    Question submitted as part of the Crash, Boom, Bang: Update on Canine Noise Phobia Treatments webinar:

    8-month puppy has a frightened reaction to thunder.  It started when she was 3 months old.  Tried popcorn with thunderstorms and it doesn't help.  She is not interested and goes into her crate.  What can we do so that it doesn't get worse?


  • September 7, 2018 1:48 PM EDT

    While using tasty treats / food to help a puppy’s reaction to thunder can be useful if done properly with a program that includes desensitization of thunder using a recording and counter conditioning other options can also help. Allowing the puppy or dog access to a space they feel safer like their crate or a room, etc. is fine. We all like to have a safe place, a sanctuary. I would also suggest continuing with the desensitization / counter conditioning, trying to add some type of white noise, calming music (Through A Dog’s Ear) and Adaptil Collar or diffuser, a Wrap (like Thundershirt) and discussing option with your veterinarian if the issue isn’t improving.