Summertime means a lot of great things for dogs and dog lovers.
Running through open fields, rolling in the cool green grass, swimming in our favorite holes and fountains. Longer days mean more time afield, more hours lounging around under shady trees and on front porches. And with all of that extra playtime comes more exercise, which usually means happier pooches and happier owners. But there is a downside to hot sultry summertime too.
Because like a lot of things in life, summer comes with a real dark lining.
I’m talking thunderstorms.
And the dogs who hate them.
If you’ve never had the ‘pleasure’ of being around a poor pup who just cannot process or handle big thunder and lightning storms, it’s difficult to explain with words just how strange things can get. Nothing seems to change certain dogs’ normally upbeat personalities as much as the clap and crash of a t-boomer rolling across the neighborhood sky. Once happy campers might squeal or cry. Some hide and shake. And still others just plain freak out to the point where more than one owner has had to think twice about whether his best friend might have actually lost his darn marbles for good.
If you have experienced this phenomenon with your own dogs, well then, you know precisely what I’m talking about. And I feel for you, too.
So, with summer knocking down the door, I figured it was time for a look at some of the best ideas for dealing with thunderstruck dogs. And hopefully, with a little information, we can make this summer a whole lot more enjoyable for a bunch of our hairy buddies who deserve to have their best summertime yet.
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