What can we do to get our dog to relax during a storm? Our nervous dog is a Shih Tzu that is ten years old. We have had him for over two years now. He just goes crazy during the slightest rain storm. He runs throughout the house. He pees and sometimes poops when he really doesn’t know what to do. He often begs to be left outside, even though it is raining; but, when he is taken out, he will often try to run away down the street. One night he got away from my wife, and ran across a four-lane highway and headed down another highway. A friendly driver picked him up and brought him back to us at a near-by gas station.
Normally he is not a lap dog, but he relaxes in front of the TV, or on “his” chair, or on my wife’s upholstered footstool. We have tried to give him some medicine to calm his anxiety, but it doesn’t seem to work. In order to keep him from jumping up and down from our bed, we often have to put him in a wire pen. That keeps him in one spot, but he still doesn’t often relax there, and the next morning I sometimes have to clean out his pen.
Our friend, the nervous dog
He is a smart dog. He is a good companion and a special “friend” for my wife. He is teaching us a lot about devotion. He understands a lot of what we say, but we can’t get him to relax in a storm.
Can you help us with our nervous dog’s problem?
Any suggestions that anyone has that might enable us to turn a nervous pet into a good calm companion during a storm will be appreciated.