Are any of your kids and pets scared of thunder? Any ideas on what I need to do to keep them calm?


Posted by kjgarner, 9th November 2015


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  • My kids love thunder storms, they would get outside and run around in it. My dogs don’t like it, they tend to hide under the beds



  • Yes – I tell the kids it’s just like loud music and make it fun. The dog just wants to hide in a corner and cant be reasoned with



  • A dog can hear thunder long before it reaches your area. Their hearing is 7 times as sensitive as ours. If you have a electricity meter with special safety switches, use surge resistant plugs or a power board that has one in it.



  • Make a game of it and try not to be overly upset about them being scared. If you’re not scared you can teach them to not be scared too. You could also count between thunder claps to show them that the thunder is moving away.



  • have you seen TED? lol they sing a great song for thunder! they hate it lol.

    i haven’t had this issue as my kids love it but you could turn the tv up with their fav movie and watch it with them to distract and comfort them, get a blanket and tell them it is alright. Cheer happily at the really loud ones and make them guess if it will be the loudest or if there will be a louder one! If they see you “enjoying” the sound, they might think that it is fun too



  • We went to see the “The Sound of Music ” musical last year and you just reminded me of the thunderstorm bed scene . The hard part is you cant have electricity items on as it is not safe during the storm, maybe distract them with reading , drawing etc.. activities .



  • Maybe I need to make up a story about why the thunder is angry to the lightning lol



  • My kids loved a good thunder and lightening storm! My dogs hide under the bed. Nothing too dramatic here. I can understand why they would be scared, I hate the thunder!



  • my daughter is absolutely terrified of storms – I usually put on one of her favourite movies, give her a blanket and teddy to cuddle and sit with her til it passes – if it lasts during sleep time she will usually sleep in my bed



  • My daughter was never really afraid of thunders, but my dog is. Distractions help in his case too.



  • Totally! We try to make it into a story and keep the general atmosphere at home light hearted. Distractions are also good, whether they be food (try to make a mandarin last by eating one segment per thunder clap etc), or something else. We also count between thunder claps to know as soon as the storm starts to pass. Cuddles and blankets are also good.


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