Nervous dog

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.

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Nervous dog — 7 Comments

  1. Not a long time. But I’d be glad to take some time to discuss with you any ways by which we might be able to get our dog to relax during storms.

  2. Hi John,
    I’m glad to have your participation in my blog. I hope that you find it to be interesting. If you have any suggestions that would help us to get our dog to relax during the storms that regularly come our way, I would appreciate them. He is a good companion, but we would like to help him to become better.

  3. John,
    I noticed that you made another comment on the 14th to a different post. I appreciate your interest in my blog, but it is not like Facebook. I didn’t approve you latest message, because it appears to be more intended to display links to your site than to be a part of the discussion of the matters that are the focus of this blog. I’m glad to include one link to someone’s site, particularly if they comment on the topic being addressed, but two or more links in a comment is considered to be spam. Few blogers want that. Let’s talk about what is good. I hope that you understand.

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