Since we are beginning thunderstorm season in the Northeast...I thought I'd mention various techniques I use for Brandan who is afraid of loud noises like thunder and fireworks. He typically knows when it is going to thunder well before the sky turns grey. When I am proactive and listen to the weather report...I apply Lavender topically behind his ears and diffuse Lavender into the air. It works best when I can get the oils out before the storm starts if at all possible. This helps to calm Brandan so much.
I also put 4 drops of Rescue Remedy on a treat or in his water bowl. Bach Flower Essences are a wonderful and extremely safe way to help ease fears and bring emotions back into balance.
Remember that dogs are very intuitive and they sense things well before we do. So pay close attention the weather channel and be prepared a head of time if your dog suffers from these fears.
Dog Training Philosophy
- I train dogs using positive reinforcement training to modify unwanted behaviors. I step outside the traditional training box and use therapeutic-grade essential oils to assist in my behavior modification regime when it comes to dogs plagued with fear and anxiety as well as aggression. My philosophy is to heal the dog's mind, body and spirit, not just to rid the dog of unacceptable behaviors. I specialize in shelter dog rehab, reactive rover, and fearful fidos.